Is there any law regarding the privacy of a tenant’s personal information?

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Is there any law regarding the privacy of a tenant’s personal information?

I have had an issue with my neighbors from the beginning. About 2 months ago, my landlord gave my cell phone number to the boyfriend who lives next door also. Today, my landlord sent me an email and cc’d my neighbor with my work and home e-mail address. Now the neighbors have my phone number and know where I work and have my e-mails. Is there anything I can do about this?

Asked on June 4, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Connecticut

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Generally the issue regarding privacy in a landlord tenant relationship is the balancing of the tenant's right to privacy with a landlord's right to enter an apartment say to do repair work.  But here you have raised a different right of privacy.  Some cities have privacy laws written in to their codes but again, it may not be the type of privacy that we have here.  There are certain circumstances where the addresses and information regarding tenants may be disclosed by a landlord like for instance to utility companies or credit bureaus to collect on past due rent judgements.  But generally speaking it is not good practice for a landlord to disclose personal information to other tenants.  I would discuss this with your landlord.  There is nothing you can do  now about the phone numbers except to change them.  If the tenants start to harass you at work for example or by e-mail then you may have cause for a lawsuit as you may then have resulting damages.  Good luck. 


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