Rent day, so I had to go to the office to pay my rent. I never go into the office, nothing but perps in the office. Every time I walk into the office, the manager tells me of a complaint she has about me. This week the complaint was about taking videos of other tenants. The whiny crybabies went into the office and complained that I was using my phone to take photos of them.
I said, “Me, taking videos of them. I don’t even have a camera, all I have is a regular phone and all I can use for is my radio.”
The manager said, “Well, I’ve had a few complaints about you videotaping tenants.”
“Why is it they never tell you about all the things they do to me?”
She looked at me and nodded.
I walked out of the office and decided to find out what my rights are re taking videos. So I took a walk to the police station.
I told the man at the desk that I have a question about my rights in taking videos of others.
He said, “What do you want to know exactly?”
“I’m being harassed and I want proof of the harassment, so I want to take videos of the people doing it.”
He said, “Well, you have a right to take videos, but if the man who owns the building wants to throw you out he can. If he doesn’t like what you’re doing, he can throw you right out.”
“But the apartment complex has cameras watching everyone, why can it videotape us, but we can’t videotape other tenants.”
The man replied, “Well, it’s the man property and he can do whatever he wants. He can throw you out anytime he wants for absolutely no reason. It’s his property.”
I said, “Don’t I have any rights to protect myself?”
The man continued, “As I said, it’s the man’s property and he can throw you out anytime he wants. He doesn’t need a reason.”
So I said, “Basically, I have no rights. What about if I videotape someone from the sidewalk?”
The man replied, “Same thing. He can still throw you out. It’s his property. The sidewalk doesn’t belong to him, but he can still throw you out if he wants to.”
I asked, “What if I put a camera in my apartment? Can he throw me out?”
He replied, “Yes, it’s his property and if he doesn’t like what you’re doing, he can throw you out any time he wants.” He did tell me I can go to court if I don’t like it.
It’s all about property rights here in Las Vegas. At one time I wouldn’t have understood about property rights, but now I do. It’s the man’s property and he can do whatever he wants to do with it. And I agree.
I’m definitely going through a metamorphosis. I’m afraid I’m turning into a Republican! Not.
But still being a Liberal, the question I have. Whose right is more important? The property owner’s right? Or the person who wants the right to take videos to protect herself ?
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- Are Property Rights Human Rights? (forbes.com)
- City Files For Landlord’s Arrest (newhavenindependent.org)
- Do You Know Your Basic Rights as a Tenant? – Rent.com | The Shared Wall (rent.com)
- Tips for Resolving Tenant Complaints (apartmentguide.com)