Should I Tell My Landlord That Our Neighbor Put Up A Camera?
We've lived here about eight months now. Our landlord just informed us that two occupants one apartment down from us are not supposed to be here because she was not informed at the time of the signing of the lease. Everyone who moves in here has to have a background check done, so these two (a young boy and girl) did not have that done.
Yesterday, after trying to stir up trouble with us and the landlord and having the landlord get onto them about their many vehicles, they have put up a camera in their window. We live right in front of a busy highway and as long as we have lived here there has been no incidents of burglary or anything, so it's not for safety reasons. I'm pretty sure they want to record the landlord when she comes and goes, and to get her interactions with them on camera.
I feel uncomfortable with it because these people obviously have a reason as to why they snuck in and didn't get a background check. I don't want them recording when I come and go, and learning my schedule. It's creepy and unnecessary.
Should I inform my landlord they put up the camera?
EDIT: The consensus seems to be that they have more rights than I do. Can someone explain that to me?
- martinLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
Speaking to the landlord about it would be the appropriate first step. If the camera isn't taken down, you might claim it's an invasion of privacy, unless for some reason it's considered necessary due to theft of illegal activities you don't know about yet.
- 1 month ago
I had to put up a camera in my stairwell because of repeated vandalization over and over again year after year around Halloween. I put it on Facebook - a warning not to vandalize again - and my stupid hatedful insane neighbor vandalized my stairwell anyway - I caught her red handed and reported her to the management. She had a fit and filed a phony restraining order on me so I have to go to court 3 times now fighting this insanity. Her meth addict boyfriend has been stalking me for 4 years now on meth and actually assaulted me recently. He disappeared for a week and then I saw the Sheriff pull up yesterday and the meth zombie was in the back in a white jump suit - I think white is the psycho ward in the Jail!! LOL
- babyboomer1001Lv 71 month ago
Absolutely, inform the landlord, and tell him they are recording your comings and goings too and you don't want to be burglarized.Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
- JudyLv 71 month ago
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- Anonymous1 month ago
< EDIT: The consensus seems to be that they have more rights than I do. Can someone explain that to me? >
No, they don't. But your concerns with their camera doesn't cancel their right to have it. I can stand on a public sidewalk, film your house and it's perfectly legal. I can't come on your property and do it but from a public area, filming or taking pictures is protected by the First Amendment.
- linkus86Lv 71 month ago
The truth is that you don't know why the camera was installed and now a days it's pretty common. You could inform your landlord, because it is possible they did so without asking the landlord's permission, but if they did, you making the report would make you look vindictive and quite frankly … silly.
As for how the camera makes you feel … Sorry, but that is of no consequence as it will record only what is in the public domain and you are not entitled to privacy in the public domain. I bet there a dozens of camera's elsewhere recording you in public too so if you are going to be paranoid, you now have reason to be 10 time more paranoid now, knowing all of this.
- MaxiLv 71 month ago
If it is not a fixed to the wall camera and just placed on the window ledge and pointing to a public area then nothing can be done about it by anyone.....
- 1 month ago
They can put up a camera all they want, tell away.
- SimplytheFACTSLv 71 month ago
you're free to say something, but nothing can be done about it unless it is physically attached to a wall causing damage
- LollyLv 71 month ago
The landlord could be liable, so they would probably want to know. Sounds like a lot of Nosy Nellies at your property!
- PearlLv 71 month ago
i would tell your landlord about it