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Security cam steps on tenant privacy

Rent it Right
Published on Jul 15, 2010

Q: A tenant in my building has been hassling me for no reason -- I think she's a bit off her rocker. Others in the building have had their cars keyed and have found her at their doorsteps, yelling and accusing them of various misdeeds. I told the landlord, who has said there's little he can do without proof. Now he's set up two webcams trained on my front door and my parking spot. He says when he catches her on tape, he'll have the proof he needs. I'm very uncomfortable with this approach -- I don't like to be watched every time I come and go. Isn't this an invasion of my privacy? --Tina S. A: In this day and age, when we're used to seeing videos posted online of everything from public stonings in Pakistan to assaults at high school dances, it's understandable that your landlord might think that he needs similar, unassailable proof of this resident's misbehavior.But this sounds like a situation where high-tech might not be the best solution. Your landlord could collect th...

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