Bangor, ME asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Maine

Q: Can a tenant put up a camera that is shared by two separate tenants. Is it a privacy issue?

I don't want to be recorded while in the back yard. Can he be made to take it down legal and if so how do I go about doing it?

1 Lawyer Answer
Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Yarmouth, ME
  • Licensed in Maine

A: Your question is missing a number of critical facts. Are you the landlord? Do you own the building the tenant is in? Do you also live in that building? Is it your backyard? Is the tenant putting the camera on the outside of the building?

As a general matter, the first place to look for guidance would be the tenant’s lease, assuming there is a written lease. If the lease prohibits or allows putting up such a camera, then that is likely the end of the inquiry.

If the lease is silent on this topic, then it is likely the tenant cannot put up such a camera on the private property of another without the written consent of the landowner.

You can contact the local police to see if they will intervene,, but if not, you would likely need to bring a lawsuit to force the tenant to take the camera down.

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