Creepy landlord secretly installs EIGHT cameras inside a student share house to watch over tenants at all times: ‘It’s kind of disturbing’
- Eight Queensland university students said their landlord installed eight cameras
- The group did not know the cameras were being installed until they found them
- They said they’re now living in a ‘Big Brother house’ and are very uncomfortable
- After seeking outside legal help, their landlord agreed to remove the cameras
Eight university students are fuming after their landlord turned their home into a ‘Big Brother’ den by secretly installing eight cameras around the property.
Three of the tenants, Nathan Thomas, Daniel Delaney and Ameya Tidke, exposed their Queensland landlord for installing the cameras without their permission after they signed their lease.
They claim the landlord told them an electrician was coming to the property but found a number of cameras in the home’s common areas a short while later.
While the group joke that they’re inside the Big Brother house, they feel their privacy as been violated.
‘No matter where I go in the house, unless I’m in my room, I’m being watched,’ Mr Thomas told A Current Affair.
The eight cameras are located inside and outside of the home so the group is watched while they’re cooking dinner, watching TV, even while doing their laundry.
‘It’s very, very uncomfortable to see somebody’s watching you like that — that really just never goes away and it’s kind of disturbing,’ Mr Tidke said.
Queensland students Nathan Thomas, Daniel Delaney and Ameya Tidke have exposed their landlord for filling their rental home with eight security cameras without their permission (pictured, the group pointing to one of the cameras)
When the group contacted their landlord they were told they could either break their lease for a hefty fee or live with one or two less cameras.
‘Nothing will make it better except throwing all the cameras away,’ Mr Delaney said.
Hive Student Accommodation, the group’s real estate agency, also refused to help them, saying the landlord had ‘the best intentions at heart’.
Fortunately, the group has successfully sought the help of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland and Residential Tenancies Authority and now their landlord has agreed to remove all cameras from inside the home.