Deputies arrested a 76-year-old Sulphur Springs man accused of trespassing inside a tenant’s residence, according to arrest reports.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Communications Operators dispatched Sgt. Richard Greer at 10:25 a.m. to a County Road 1190 residence for a dispute regarding a landlord reportedly entering a tenant’s house.
The property was one of the man’s rental properties. The man allegedly walked into the house for no reason, Greer and Deputy Dan Turrentine noted in arrest reports.
Legally, renters have the same rights to expect privacy in their residence as homeowners would in their residence, according to Hopkins County Chief Investigator Corley Weatherford. The landlord had reportedly entered the residence previously and was asked by the tenant at that time not to reenter the house without permission. Officials reported the property owners previously warned by officials not to enter a rented property without the permission of the tenant unless there is an emergency situation.
The landlord allegedly reentered the residence Monday without the tenant’s permission and without an emergency. Thus, he was arrested August 24 on a criminal trespassing of a habitation, according to arrest reports.
The 76-year-old rural Sulphur Springs resident remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning, August 25, on the Class A misdemeanor trespassing charge, according to jail reports.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.