Can my roommate’s probation officer search my room?

I would argue that the probation officer does not have the right to search your particular room provided that the roommate does not share the same bedroom. That being said, by virtue of the probation, your room mate authorizes his probation officer to come and conduct unannounced- and warrantless- searches of his residence. Your joint occupancy does not matter.  So, be warned, anything in the common areas may be fair game. Also, once there, should something arise that gives reason to believe that contraband is found in your room, that could end badly for you. In theory, the probation officer could can local law enforcement who could then obtain a search warrant to search your private areas.  If you do not want to have your private areas of the home searched, I think it is a good idea for you to deny your roommate access to your personal living area. This can be done by placing an external lock on your room’s door and not giving him a key.  But, you need to be careful. You never know what the could be lying around the house.

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