You or a prospective tenant or buyer may want to take photos inside and outside of the rental property for various reasons, such as to advertise a property for inspections. These are the most common questions both tenants and Landlords/Property Managers have regarding photographing a tenanted property.
What timeframe do I need to give the tenant for entering to take photos?
According to the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA), there are no specific guidelines about gaining entry to take photos in a rental property. You may consider obtaining the tenant’s permission to enter. If photos are taken as part of a routine inspection, then the rules of entry for a routine inspection apply and the tenant should be informed of the photography ahead of the inspection.
Can a tenant stop me from taking photos of the rental property?
You should communicate openly the reason for the photos and how they will be used. Each situation is different and should be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If the property is to be advertised using photos showing the tenant’s possessions, written permission to use such photos must be sought from the tenant. If photos are taken as part of reporting maintenance or property issues during a tenancy, this is a fairly common practice. The photos can be used as records only.
What images would be suitable if the tenant does not provide consent for photos showing their possessions to be used?
External images showing the front and rear of the rental property that does not include vehicles or items identifying the tenant may be deemed suitable. Internal photos may include the kitchen, dining, bathrooms, or living area where there are no identifying features such as family photos, personal possessions, furniture or appliances.
Both parties should work together to find suitable solutions to the situation. Remember, maintaining privacy is key when photos are involved, so it is best for both parties to work together to address any concerns.
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