Can my landlord video ape the interior of my apartment and my possessions during a “general inspection” with no actual reason given?

Received notice in the mail of a “general inspection”. The representative came on the appointed date and said that he had to take video to show the office that he did a walk-through. It all seems a bit pushy concerning my personal liberties. I don’t like the idea of my “stuff” being recorded by a stranger, and what happens to it then? The lesser issue is that they never stated they were assessing for repairs, or any reason at all other than an implied “standard procedure”. Are they within their legal rights on both counts?

Asked on March 23, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Oregon

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

There is nothing improper for one's landlord to videotape or take photographs of a rental when occupied by a tenant during an inspection. In fact, many clients that I have who are landlords are encouraged to do so as a way of documenting any possible issues with the rental such as damage or need to make repairs.

Under the laws of all states, you have no objection to photographs or videotaping of your belongings by the landlord or his/her agent during a scheduled inspection of the premises you occupy.


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