Rockville, MD asked in Civil Litigation for Maryland

Q: I recorded A conversation with landlord without her knowledge.This occurred in Maryland.It was outside no expectation

of privacy. She was yelling at me on my doorstep and there were people in the neighborhood out and about. Although we were in public, we were on private property owned by the condominium that I live in.

Can I use this recording because there was no reasonable expectation of privacy as it was outside with Many condo units around And her yelling made the conversation even more audible.

The reason I recorded this conversation was because she has been negligent and very very rude and intimidating. At the time I recorded it I didn't know it was illegal.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: The recording is illegal regardless of anyone’s expectation of privacy. Maryland is a two-party consent state when it comes to audio recordings. Period. If you admit to having made this recording (you posted this question on a public forum) you are admitting to committing a crime. In a civil proceeding, if objected to, the recording will not be allowed into evidence. Better to stop posting or talking about this.

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