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take picture of the rental & yard against privacy? by Anonymous (VA-Virginia) on December 31, 2017 @19:41

                              
L took photos on the condition of yards and the work result of home repairs and improvement. Can T sue and against L due to T's privacy?
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Re: take picture of the rental & yard against privacy? by Anonymous on December 31, 2017 @19:57 [ Reply ]
If you did not give proper notice to enter the rental property, then yes, you can be arrested and charged with trespassing. If proper notice was given, then your concern should be not to photograph any of the tenants personal property that are protected by privacy laws.
Re: take picture of the rental & yard against privacy? by Nicole (PA) on January 1, 2018 @09:56 [ Reply ]
tenant is not going to sue you. "apologize" verbally for the "misunderstanding" and move on.
Re: take picture of the rental & yard against privacy? by Anonymous on January 1, 2018 @11:56 [ Reply ]
Did you take pictures of the outside of the rental or the inside of the rental? Your language is vague.

If you took pictures of the inside of the rental, without notifying the tenant, then it's quite possible you've breached their privacy and their right to quiet enjoyment. While you may be the landlord and owner of the rental, the lease gives the tenants exclusive rights to the rental for the duration. It is their home.

If you took pictures of the outside, there is no expectation of privacy in public or common areas. Nobody is going to win if they sue Google because their Street View car took a picture that included the front of their house. Now if windows were open and things are visible, this is a different story. You can't be a peeping tom.

Overall, transparency is best when dealing with your tenants (customers). Remember: they are your livelihood and are living in your property. Always give proper notice when you intend to visit the rental, even if you're not entering the home itself. You'll find people to be much more cooperative.

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