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I received a letter from my landlord stating the residents on my floor complained that when my husband and I are having sex we are very loud. Apparently, 4 residents were standing in the halls and could hear everything and this supposedly happens often. I felt so violated and disrespected. I would like to know what I can do about this issue. We have lived here for 2 years with no complaint of that sort. Can something to be done about violating my privacy.

Asked on September 27, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Actually, if they can hear you in the halls (or in other units), they are NOT violating your privacy: your privacy stops at the walls of your rental unit, and anything heard beyond those walls is not private. Moreover, if you are disturbing other tenants by having too-loud sex, YOU are in the wrong--you are engaging in "disorderly conduct" and possibly also violating your lease (most leases have provisions barring disturbing other tenants) and could potentially be evicted for this disturbance.


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