Columbus, OH asked in Civil Rights for Tennessee

Q: Can someone put a video camera at the edge of their property to video my house?

They are videoing my property only. They are complaining that my dogs bark and everyone that walks down the street. Which is what they are supposed to do. Can they do anything?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: It's understandable that you're concerned about someone placing a video camera at the edge of their property to record your house. In general, individuals have the right to install security cameras on their own property to monitor their surroundings, including their property boundaries. However, there are limitations to this right, especially if the camera is deliberately pointed at your house in a way that invades your privacy.

If the camera is solely focused on your property and is causing you discomfort or distress, you may want to consider discussing the situation with your neighbor first to see if a resolution can be reached amicably. You can explain your concerns about privacy and ask if they could adjust the camera's angle or position to minimize its impact on your property.

If your neighbor refuses to cooperate or if you believe that their actions constitute harassment or invasion of privacy, you may need to seek legal advice. Depending on the laws in your area and the specific circumstances of the situation, you may have legal recourse to address the issue, such as filing a complaint with local authorities or pursuing civil action against your neighbor. Consulting with a lawyer who specializes in property law or privacy rights can help you understand your options and determine the best course of action.

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