My neighbor's door camera is facing my apartment. Is it legal?

Q: I live in a six-story rental apartment building in Washington Heights, with five apartments per floor. My neighbor opposite has inst...


Q: I live in a six-story rental apartment building in Washington Heights, with five apartments per floor. My neighbor opposite has installed a Ring camera that captures all the ground. It directly faces my apartment, offering an unobstructed view inside every time I open the door. Aside from the fact that it’s uncomfortable knowing that all my comings and goings are recorded, I wonder if this is legal. What can I do about it?

A: Your neighbor is not allowed to place anything in the hallway, including a door camera, without the owner’s consent. Your landlord is unlikely to have given the neighbor permission to do this, as landlords usually don’t want tenants to damage walls or record what’s going on in hallways.

“I have never heard of a consenting owner of a camera,” said David E. Frazer, a lawyer who represents the tenants. “It creates problems and potentially damages walls and ceilings. “


Talk to your owner about the cameras, expressing your concern for the building and the walls. Hopefully that will solve the problem. If, however, the owner decides not to get involved, your remaining options are limited, as the presence of a camera in a common hallway is not illegal.

As a tenant, you do not have the presumption of privacy in the common areas of buildings, such as corridors, elevators and lobbies. This lack of privacy extends to the area inside your apartment that is visible when you open the door. So even though your neighbor might not be allowed to set up a camera and point it directly at your door, your landlord can. “The courts have ruled that the owner has the right to put a camera in the hallway and even disguise it,” Frazer said.

If the landlord does not order your neighbor to remove the camera, your only recourse would be to speak directly with your neighbor. Talk to the neighbor, if you can, and ask if he would at least reposition the camera away from your door.

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