An Australian renter has discovered a tradesman filming inside her apartment while she was not at home after her ‘petcam’ recorded footage of him.
The Queensland woman recently took to the ‘Don’t rent me’ Facebook group to ask for advice after the camera, used to check on pets, snapped images of the tradie.
The renter said he is the partner of her property manager and handles maintenance for the building – but she had no clue why he appeared to be filming.
The woman said she was in the process of moving out and agreed to let the property manager show prospective tenants around while she was at work, but he apparently to tagged along and stayed after the tour.
‘(He) does maintenance for the complex (and went about) filming every room,’ she said.
‘I was at work and not present for the viewing … Is this allowed? I’m confused as to why he was filming.’
A Queensland renter discovered a tradie appeared to film her apartment while she was not there after she checked her ‘petcam’ footage
Commenters on the post said they were also stumped as to why he would be going about getting footage of the property as there would be a proper rental inspection when she moved out.
‘This is unacceptable,’ one said.
‘I’d be emailing those photos and asking for an explanation from the building manager and their partner,’ another said.
‘I’d also be asking why he was allowed to stay inside the property after the viewing.’
‘Totally unlawful,’ a third said.
According to Tenants Queensland solicitor Julie Bartlett, depending on the circumstances, it could indeed be illegal.
‘Taking photos or filming the tenants possessions without their consent would be seen as a breach of the tenant’s quiet enjoyment by the agent in permitting the filming to occur, and also an offence under the Act,’ Ms Bartlett told Yahoo News.
Commenters on social media said it was ‘unacceptable’ and the tenant should ask for an explanation from the property manager
Ms Bartlett said the tenant would need to give permission for any footage or pictures to be used by the agent or property manager.
‘The (pet) camera (is) some good evidence for a possible complaint to the RTA’s compliance and enforcement team regarding any offences that might have occurred around unlawful entries, quiet enjoyment or using pictures of the tenant’s possessions without consent,’ she said.
Any breaches of the law in these areas could result in hefty fines, she added.