I'm a renter in a tri-plex in California. Can I install a porch light that is also a wifi security cam?
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I'm not really certain what Mr. Bayley is talking about in terms of altercation.
The right to put up a lamp is obviously ok since one was there before. Putting a camera in there, (hidden or otherwise) could be a violation of privacy depending on what it is recording. It could also be a violation of the HOA (assuming once exists in a tri-plex) to put up surveillance. At the same time the HOA is responsible for keeping the premises safe so it may be their duty to put up such surveillance.
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As long as the light will not be considered an unauthorized alteration you can install it. Normally it would be an alteration if you were hard wiring it in, but maybe you can bend the rules here on grounds of necessity as a security device.