I discovered cameras in the bathroom of my apartment. Can I sue for invasion of privacy?
Your home is supposed to be your castle. It is the one place in the world where you should always feel safe. Even if you do not own your home, it should still be a place where you can have your incredibly valuable privacy. Sure, there are choices that you cannot make about a rental property – but it is still your home. What happens, then, when someone decides to invade the privacy that you should expect in your own home? What happens, for example, if you discover that someone has placed cameras in your bathroom? Your landlord might make you think that you have no recourse but to deal with it, but the law says otherwise.
Let us begin with the obvious – placing a video camera in someone’s bathroom isn’t exactly legal. Indeed, it’s a gross violation of your rights as a citizen, and it’s very likely a criminal charge in your area. No one – not even your landlord – has a right to place a camera in your living space without your consent. If you discover that there is a camera on your property and you were never informed about its presence, you certainly have a cause for alarm – and you certainly have a cause for action.
Even beyond your basic rights as a human being, you also have rights as a tenant. One of those rights is the quiet enjoyment of your property. Quiet enjoyment is a legal term that essentially means that you have the right to the undisturbed use of the rental property. You still have to behave within certain boundaries, but your landlord doesn’t have the right to interfere with your reasonable use of the property. That means that landlord has absolutely no right to film you in your bathroom. Even under the basics of tenancy law, he or she is acting unreasonably.
If you find a camera in your bathroom, your first stop should be to file a complaint with the police. Once you file that complaint, you should immediately contact an attorney. This is a very serious issue, one that may lead to the invalidation of your lease, criminal charges against the landlord, and even damages award against him or her. You cannot begin to remedy the situation until you get the right legal help, though, so make sure that you contact the right attorney today to get started.