This week the question for Ask Landlord Hank is about using rental property cameras to protect rental property. Remember Landlord Hank is not an attorney and is not giving legal advice so check your local ordinances.
Dear Landlord Hank,
I have been told that cameras are an invasion of privacy. However, I am aware that several professionally managed sites use them.
My situation involves use of cameras (NOT pointed at individual doors) placed to cut down on trash and toys that make my rentals dangerous and unattractive to tenants. Would you please clarify what the law says?
We don’t want to leave our tenants having to report their neighbors.
Dear Landlord Pam,
You’d have to check with your state and local laws, but you should be able to place cameras viewing common areas without an issue as long as the cameras are not hidden and not IN someone’s residence, as that could be construed as spying.
Also, cameras with audio capability are another issue you would need to check on.
I think it is a great idea but I would let current and future residents know in advance that cameras are being put in use to cover common areas around the property.