Fremont, CA asked in Constitutional Law and Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: Is it legal for a senior low income apartment complex to have cameras installed above our community bathing facilities

Also in the hallways and stairways and now a camera is being installed in our elevator and common areas and entrances and exits when I signed my lease I didn’t agree to be monitored 24 7. Is this legal or our privacy being invaded?

1 Lawyer Answer
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The answer that you don't want is that the law does impose duties on LLs to provide security in the common areas of this kind of complex. From your description, I would think that this complex is in the center of the bullseye for a number of nefarious types who are looking to harm seniors either by preying on their gullibility, sympathy or insecurity to swindle them out of money; possibly to commit sex crimes; and possible to commit violent crimes against them. Would you be concerned if you were mugged by unknown assailants in the common area and there were no security cameras? These are a deterrent to crime because they assist with the identification of the criminals.

If you think that these are infringing on your right to privacy or quiet enjoyment of the premises, I suggest that you make an appointment with a local attorney and take photos of where the cameras are placed and what they are pointed at, so your concerns can be evaluated.

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