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security cameras??????

we are planning on building a house this summer and im big into having a safe house for me and my family. the thing is we would need some renters and of cousre they are his friends, which i have no problem with cause i no they would pay there share of rent . the thing is we have made a rule bout no smoking in the house because 1 is big on pot. they agreed if they moved in they would obey it. but i want to put up cameras up in the house (except in the bedrooms and bathrooms.) the only reason why i want cameras up is for security reasons and if some 1 is smoking pot in the house. but every 1 is saying no cause its wrong and illegal. wat are your thoughts.....

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brunzysgirl

Asked by brunzysgirl at 12:30 AM on May. 31, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • There are some privacy issues to consider. I would actually consult an attorney.

    Better yet, find a renter who doesn't smoke pot if you don't want it in your home. If someone is determined to have it, they will regardless of your cameras.

    Just find someone else to rent to.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:25 AM on May. 31, 2009

  • You can also smell pot smoke for awhile.
    If you dont trust them to not smoke, I wouldnt let them move in at all.
    i agree with the pp...contact a lawyer to see what your rights are, and if its even legal to put cameras in your house to observe other tenants.
    summerm

    Answer by summerm at 2:47 AM on May. 31, 2009

  • Instead of cameras--which may or may not violate laws in your city/state--why not have the renters signs a detailed contract as part of their lease agreement, giving you a LEGAL document? Even friends should sign a lease agreement--and probably agree to Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from their bank to yours for the rent--I've seen many a friendship go sour when the owner/landlord felt they HAD to give multiple extensions on rent past due.

    You can buy pre-written "fill-in-the-blank" style renter's agreements/contracts at Staples (online too!), to help you get started, and make sure you include everything important.

    I would be sure to include SPECIFIC prohibited items, behaviors, modifications to your home, etc. Things LIKE no use of illegal substances on property, no outside parties after 11PM in accordance with the town's noise laws, no modifications to building structure may be made without written consent of owner...
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:51 AM on May. 31, 2009

  • and the consequences of failing to comply with the contents of the signed contract!

    It will establish that even though you are friends, that you still mean business. As as long as THEY keep up their end of the bargain, your friendship will remain in tact!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:54 AM on May. 31, 2009

  • If you feel the need to install cameras, I would find someone else to rent to. Aside from the stickiness of the legal side, it just shows that you don't trust them, and when it comes to your home and your family, if you don't trust someone, you should not have them around. Stay friends with them, have them over for cookouts and such, just don't rent to them.
    tropicalmama

    Answer by tropicalmama at 9:12 AM on May. 31, 2009

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