What is the law on surveillance cameras and privacy regarding a rental?

UPDATED: Mar 9, 2012

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What is the law on surveillance cameras and privacy regarding a rental?

Living with a subtenant in a home. They rent a room. Tenant has become very aggressive at time and has made numerous threats. Cameras were installed in the home facing the entry ways to ensure safety and security (installed in common areas not tenant’s rented room). A 30 day notice was given to the subtenant but they are now threatening a civil privacy breach law suit. Are these cameras a breach of their privacy even though they are located in common areas that everyone can use? Do they have a civil case?

Asked on March 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

My understanding that the surveillance cameras that you are writing about in the rental and where they are placed are legal under the laws of all states in this country. If you are genuinely concerned about your safety, then the placement of the cameras in the common areas (and not one's private area) is entirely legal.

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