My neighbors put up a security camera in our apartment building without landlord's permission. My landlord has done nothing so far about it. I am uncomfortable being recorded by the neighbors. I feel it is an invasion of privacy. I have lived in this apartment building for 3 years.
It likely depends on the location of the camera. It is a violation of privacy (under Title 17-A MRSA Sec. 511) if a person "intentionally installs or uses in a private place without the consent of the person or persons entitled to privacy in that place, any device for observing, photographing, recording, amplifying or broadcasting sounds or events in that place." Private place is defined as "a place where one may reasonably expect to be safe from surveillance, including but not limited to changing or dressing rooms, bathrooms and similar places."
So it would hinge on whether or not the camera is in a location that you would reasonably expect to be safe from surveillance.
A violation of privacy is a Class D crime.
I would suggest discussing further with your landlord, to emphasize that you're not comfortable being recorded by the neighbors.
You may also want to review the lease to see if there are any terms regarding placement of tenant personal property in the hallway or other terms that may give you a right to request the landlord to take action against the tenant if the camera is not permitted under the terms of the lease.
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