Can a landlord take pictures of our patio without our consent?
It can only be accessed through our apartment (not a common area), but we were told by other residents that they were leaning over our patio partitions to take pictures of our patio. We were given no notice and have no idea why they were doing it. We have nothing in violation, but even if we did, shouldn't they let us know they are taking pictures or if we need to change something?
- SallyLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
I don't know if it's legal or not, but it is definitely intrusive. I would call the landlord and (nicely) ask if something is wrong about the patio and say you would appreciate being in the loop about the property you're renting. It could be they are planning some renovations or something, so there are some innocent explanations.
- NosehairLv 72 months ago
Taking the photos from locations outside of your designated living space (even just over a fence) would be legal and probably seen as normal observation of a business property.
- 2 months ago
Yes, the LL can take pictures of their property.
- Fried KittenLv 62 months ago
Landlord/Tenant law almost always varies from state to state.
Sometimes it even varies from city to city within a state.
Anyway, in NY City a LL is not allowed to take a picture of your personal property without your consent.
The LL can take pictures of his property at any time but cannot enter your rented space without your permission.
Now in the case of the outdoor patio, the LL could argue that he was taking a picture of the ground and that inclusion of your patio furniture in the picture was inconsequential and that it caused you no harm or loss.
In addition, Google Earth can also see your patio furniture and so can some neighbors and therefore if somebody sees your patio furniture you don’t mind.
A judge would likely agree.
However a judge would likely frown upon a LL taking a picture of your bathroom through the bathroom window.
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- Anonymous2 months ago
Without knowing WHERE this is impossible to answer. I am in Pennsylvania, and I own rental property. I AM "allowed by law" to take photos of MY property without prior notice to the tenant IF I believe there is a condition or problem which needs to be addressed.
If they can't see the patio how do they know you "need to change something?" The photographs make sense, particularly if the landlord is considering an eviction.
- BruceLv 72 months ago
He can take pictures of his property.
He is required to give notice before entering your apartment unless it is an emergency. I do not know if it was an emergency.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Why don't you read your rental agreement or your lease agreement
- RayalLv 72 months ago
With notice (in the US) landlords can inspect the property and take any pictures they want of the property.
- EdWinterLv 72 months ago
Have you read your rental agreement?