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camera in hallwayApr 16, 2020

I have simply question, Am I allowed as a co-op owner to put a camera (non-Audio One) in the hallway staircase (not facing my neighbors common area) due to me being harassed from my downstairs neighbor?

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Camera in hallway - Steven424 Apr 16, 2020

I am not a lawyer, but from what I've read, I would have to say no. It's analogous to hanging a picture on a hallway (common area) wall or a planter outside your door. Shareholders may not make *any* addition, changes, or removals from any common area without board approval. Video cameras are particularly contentious because of privacy issues.

Your best bet would be to consult an attorney who is familiar with co-op law. The best you might be able to do is install one of the newer peephole video devices, but you may even get pushback about that.

If you approached your board about the harassment and they've done nothing about it, your only recourse may be to consult an attorney.

Good luck.

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Camera in hallway - Marty Apr 16, 2020

Like Steven, I am not an attorney, but I agree with his advice. Cameras are not allowed in the common areas.

This situation came up for us a few years ago and the shareholder was not allowed to put the camera in the hallways due to privacy issues.

If I may ask...what benefit would there be in putting a camera in the stairwell? Is that where the harassment is taking place?

Good luck.

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