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My landlord entered my apartment and took photos without my permission.

The following is an actual conversation between an Uprise RI user and our Helping Hand chat assistant. The most helpful conversations, as determined by our editors, will be showcased on our homepage, with personally identifying details removed when applicable.

Posted May 21, 2024

User: My landlord entered my apartment and took photos without my permission

The Helping Hand: That sounds like a concerning situation. Could you tell me if your landlord gave you any notice before entering your apartment? And do you know what the purpose of taking those photos was?

User: They gave me over 48 hours notice that they were entering the apartment. They did not tell me they would be taking photos. They said they would be ‘showing’ the apartment.

The Helping Hand: I see, it’s good that your landlord gave you notice about entering, but not informing you about taking photos can definitely be an issue. It’s important to know your rights as a tenant. In Rhode Island, landlords are allowed to show the apartment to potential tenants or buyers, but they should respect your privacy. Taking photos without your consent, especially if they include your personal belongings, may not be appropriate.

Have you spoken to your landlord about your concerns regarding the photos? And do you have a copy of your lease agreement that might outline policies on such matters?

User: I do not have a lease. They just purchased the property, and I am month to month. I am leaving at the end of the month. They are aware of this as I notified them within the proper 30 day period. I do not feel comfortable talking to them about this matter.

The Helping Hand: Understood, since you’re on a month-to-month tenancy and have given proper notice, you’re within your rights to leave at the end of the month. It’s unfortunate that you’re uncomfortable discussing the photo incident with the new landlords, but your privacy is important.

Given that you are leaving soon and prefer not to speak with them directly, you might consider documenting the incident in case you need to refer to it later. You can write a dated note for your own records detailing what happened, and if you feel your rights have been violated, you could contact Rhode Island Legal Services or another local tenant advocacy group for advice.

Would you like information on how to contact Rhode Island Legal Services or another local organization that can provide you with assistance on this matter?

User: Yes I would love information, thank you

The Helping Hand: Great, I can help with that. Rhode Island Legal Services provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals. They may be able to advise you on tenant rights and privacy concerns. Here’s how you can get in touch with them:

Rhode Island Legal Services: Call their main office at (401) 274-2652. They also have a website where you can find more information and potentially submit a request for assistance.

Remember to have details of the incident handy when you contact them, as this will help them understand your situation better.

Is there anything else you need assistance with regarding your housing situation, or would you like information on another topic?

User: Thank you!

The Helping Hand: You’re welcome! If you ever have more questions or need assistance in the future, don’t hesitate to reach out. Take care and good luck with your move at the end of the month!

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