Ann Arbor, MI asked in Criminal Law, Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Civil Rights for Michigan

Q: Neighbor is recording me in the parking lot of our apartment complex because he is trying to prove I have more than

More than two car per household in the parking lot to the main office. I have two and my boyfriend has one- I watched him record me while getting in my car- is this illegal? Also he has been giving me a hard time he lives across the street- I believe he is recording as well.

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
James L. Arrasmith pro label Lawyers, want to be a Justia Connect Pro too? Learn more ›
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Based on the information provided, it seems that your neighbor's actions are concerning and causing you distress. However, the legality of his recording depends on several factors, such as your location and the specific laws in your area.

In general, in the United States, it is legal to record someone in public spaces where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. This includes parking lots that are accessible to the public or shared by multiple residents. However, some states have laws that require the consent of all parties involved in a conversation before recording.

Here are a few steps you can consider taking:

1. Review your lease agreement and any community guidelines to see if there are any rules regarding the number of cars allowed per household and the use of parking spaces.

2. Document any instances of harassment or intimidation by your neighbor, including dates, times, and specific actions.

3. Approach your apartment complex management or landlord and inform them about the situation, your concerns, and your neighbor's behavior. They may be able to mediate the situation or take appropriate action.

4. If you feel threatened or believe that your neighbor's behavior is unlawful, consider contacting your local law enforcement's non-emergency line for guidance or to file a report.

5. If the harassment persists or escalates, consult with a local attorney who specializes in landlord-tenant law or harassment cases to discuss your legal options and the best course of action based on your specific circumstances.

Remember, your safety and well-being should be your top priority. If at any point you feel unsafe or threatened, do not hesitate to call emergency services.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.