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Old 12-12-2011, 05:54 PM
lz0 lz0 started this thread
 
Location: Chicago (Lakeview)
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Hey all.

I live in the city. My landlord has informed me she'll be doing a walkthrough of my apartment.

Is it legal for me to record video (with audio) of this walkthrough? Are there any limitations? For example: Can I only do it inside my apartment? Do I have to inform the landlord that I'm recording?

I ask because I've lodged several noise complaints with the landlord re: other tenants, and the tenants retaliated by lodging false complaints about me. The landlord seems to be taking their side and becoming increasingly hostile toward me.

Just want to make sure I'm covering my ass when this walkthrough happens.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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You must get consent for either.

Frankly, as a former landlord I gotta tell ya you will sound either even more like a kook or shoot to the top of the PITA list if you do ask to record anything.

How much of your lease term is left? Is worth it to just tough it out?
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Thats creepy
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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Video tape the apartment without the landlord being there. Just be sure to include something in the shots like that day's Trib or something - that provides proof that it wasn't shot before the day you're shooting it.
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:37 PM
lz0 lz0 started this thread
 
Location: Chicago (Lakeview)
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You must get consent for either.

Frankly, as a former landlord I gotta tell ya you will sound either even more like a kook or shoot to the top of the PITA list if you do ask to record anything.

How much of your lease term is left? Is worth it to just tough it out?
The lease has a few months left. And we're not too worried what the landlord thinks of us, since she's already hostile.

I suppose this is more complex than it seems so I'll just talk to a tenants' rights org. Thanks, guys.
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:57 PM
 
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I can understand why you would want to do that. Some landlords are awfully nosy and/or sketchy, and it would be nice to return the favor.
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:31 PM
 
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Check with an attorney and see if there are any laws forbidding you to videotape with audio within what I assume is your own legal residence. Many folks have "nanny cams" etc to monitor workers within their homes. I don't know Illinois law (or case law, if actual doesn't exist) on this subject.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Just want to make sure I'm covering my ass when this walkthrough happens.
As a landlord for many years, no one has ever asked me to do this. I would probably not give consent as it could only be a liability for me. I think you need the landlord's consent to videotape them, especially when the keys are returned at walk-through and it is no longer your residence. So the best time to videotape the unit (not the landlord) would be before final walk-through or when you have moved out, but have not returned the keys during the walk-through.

If you are going through your inventory checklist during the walkthrough, then you can protect yourself by noting any damages in the apt. If the damages were in the apt. when you moved in, that should have been noted on the initial walk-through. On the final walk-through, I would recommend you have a witness and take photographs/add any comments (esp. if you disagree with the landlord's assessment) to the inventory checklist before signing.

Local laws are fairly protective of tenants when it comes to returning security deposits (e.g. significant damage is often seen as "normal wear and tear by Chicago judges").

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Old 12-13-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Hialeah
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Instead of recording your landlord doing the walk-through, why don't you request that a police be in the apartment at the time the landlors is doing the walkthrough? Then ask the police for something in writing.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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Local laws are fairly protective of tenants when it comes to returning security deposits
Many years ago, a Chicago rental company tried to take part of my security deposit. I followed up on the phone, politely but firmly telling the company that the deductions had no basis in fact, and telling them that I could prove it with photos. I probably also sent them a certified letter disputing the charges. The charges magically went away. Score one for the 99%!

This is one of the many great things about Chicago. In other cities, landlords routinely - and brazenly, and fraudulently - keep security deposits for normal wear and tear to increase their bottom line. In Chicago, there are real penalties for screwing your tenant.

I would 1) make sure you do no damage to the apartment, 2) document the condition of the apartment with photographs/video 3) get everything in writing and put everything in writing.

Ask that the inspection be done when you are there, and ask that the inspection results be in writing. Dispute these in writing if they are inaccurate and take photos as proof.

Finally, I'd be polite, professional, and respectful, but firm.
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