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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 3 days ago

Can I legally record my landlord as proof he is continuing to intimidate and stalk me?

After repeated unannounced visits by my landlord over rent struggles during the covid-19 pandemic, I got tired of him banging on my door for 10-15 minutes at a time and trying to look in my windows. I called 911 to report him for stalking and the police came and made him leave telling him what he was doing is harassment and intimidation as well as disturbing the peace. You would think that would be the end of it but nope. The landlord has come back twice since then to get on my nerves although he leaves when I say I'm calling the police. That's not good enough for me. I don't want to see him again at all before I can move out without breaking the lease in three more months. I know proof is necessary to take any serious action, but is it legal to film a person secretly in Pennsylvania?

Updated 3 days ago:

By rent struggles I mean I got behind but I'm still doing the best I can to pay even if it takes a little longer

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  • GG
    Lv 4
    2 days ago

    You can record anything you want on your phone. Whether it’s legally admissible depends on the state. But if you’re recording your landlord through your door it’s probably admissible anywhere. 

  • 2 days ago

    It all depends on how important you are...

  • 2 days ago

    You do not even have to sneak to videotape him.

    I sure would tape him, no doubt.

    It is not illegal to video tape someone on your property. Do it!

    I bet you can get a restraining order against him as well...with that video evidence.

    But, there is something you must realize...when you do not pay rent, the landlord cannot pay his mortgage. That really is not fair either. Sure, I do understand you just don't have the money, I get it. But the landlord needs the money you are not paying him and he is desperate to get the money you owe him. Houses/apartments are not cost free to landlords, you know. Have some compassion as your inability to pay for YOUR living expenses are having a negative effect on your landlord's financial situation.

    People think landlords are rich. But they depend on paid renters to pay for the property taxes and insurance and mortgage, you know.

  • 3 days ago

    You say the landlord leaves when threatened with the police. This means he knows his behavior is questionable at best. Don't "secretly film" him or warn him to leave if and when he returns. Just get out your smart phone and start recording his actions then call the police. And start looking for another rental that is within your new post covid-19 budget because this is not a healthy situation at all. If you find something before your lease ends then arrange to relocate ASAP.

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  • 3 days ago

    He is not stalking if you owe him rent.  He has a right to bang and ask for it, and to hound you all he wants, until you pay.  So, if you expect to go to court using that as cause, think twice.  His reason might be harassing but justified. 

  • 3 days ago

    You might want to consider getting a place that's within your budget.  Maybe one without a landlord.  

  • Anonymous
    3 days ago

    Why would you "film" him SECRETLY?  Point your phone at him and film him.

    What are "rent struggles"?  You aren't paying rent?  You are paying partial rent?  He doesn't have to wait for the lease to end to evict you.  You should know that.

    I don't see stalking.  I do see harassment.  What did he do that was stalking?

    I have a tenant who hasn't paid rent.  The Police went with me to inspect the house when she wouldn't answer the door and/or discuss "rent struggles."  My problem?  She had other people living in the house.

    I suspect the next time the Police aren't going to be nice.

    So PAY YOUR RENT ON TIME, explain the stalking and record the harassment and your life will be easier.

  • 3 days ago

    You can film him not secretly as well.  

  • 3 days ago

    You can get a restraining order against someone who is harassing you.  That allows the police to arrest him if he bothers you again.  Don't warn him, just call.  But if you are not paying your rent, why are you worried about breaking your lease?  You do know that you will still owe landlord this money don't you.

  • larry1
    Lv 6
    3 days ago

    Yes! Of course it's legal. We all have cell cams film him all the time, anywhere any place. 

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