Is it illegal for me to tape making complaints to my land lady if we are sitting in the living room? I also get the response.

Asked 9 months ago - Lancaster, CA

I live with a woman who has two empty bedrooms that she rents out. I rent one and there is man in the other. Recently the company I worked for closed and I have been unable to find work causing me to fall behind in rent. The landlady agreed to work with me and in January when I came into some money, I paid off everything I owed at that point. I am behind again, but she is standing by the original agreement. The problem however is she has been "walking" all over me and allowing the other tenant to do it as well. Any complaint I make, he woke me at 5a he made so much noise, he slammed the door knocking my picture off the wall and breaking it, etc. She won't say a thing other than once, she told me "Hey as long as his checks good " I still have rights even though I'm behind in rent don't I?

Attorney answers (2)

  1. Sagar P. Parikh

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Yes, it is illegal. In CA you cannot record somebody without his/her consent.

  2. Brad S Kane


    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . California is a 2 party consent state. Unless both parties consent to the conversation to recording the conversation or the conversation takes place in a public area where there is no expectation of privacy, recording conversations is illegal.

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