Automatically! Their Landlord Did It!

Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

While cameras on common areas of multi-unit residential buildings have been around for a decade * it started as crime prevention and RISK avoidance requested by insurance carriers * having them INSIDE of a residential unit is NEW and STRANGE.

2 Bulgarian students have found hidden cameras in their apartment in Tampa.  How or WHY they found them is not explained AND the women are NOT the LESSEES of the apartment.  They are SUBlessees of their employer who finds employment for them, gets them travel documents FOR A $1,000 FEE.

The story is STRANGER because there was no reason given for taking down the smoke and motion detectors to discover the cameras NOR was the issue of private individuals breaking private property (the locked closet where the video equipment and supposed wi-fi device was hidden) mentioned as a possible crime without a warrant or legal authority. 

The women have reported this incident to the international agency that arranged their trip and also to their employer, Sky Travel.

I'm sorry this happened to these women; however, the tone of the article is that their LANDLORD did it!  Since the landlord or management would be hard pressed to know if there are Bulgarian wrestlers or models in the apartment and get this sophisticated equipment in place, it makes MORE sense to me that their employer * the actual LESSEE * installed the cameras as a CYA for themselves or to make a quick buck!


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Gayle Barton, Forsyth County Real Estate
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties - Cumming, GA
Cumming GA Homes For Sale (404) 710-0204

I guess the question is "who had the key"?  That should narrow it down quickly.

Jul 29, 2011 03:51 AM #1
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Wallace - creepy all the way around...

Jul 29, 2011 03:53 AM #2
David Farrell
David V. Farrell Co. - Garden City, NY
Licensed NY State Real Estate Broker

Whoever did it should be, and will be, in hot water.  That's an invasion of privacy that goes way beyond 99.9% of the stories I've heard.  However, if I was renting a place and didn't own it, you bet you bottom $ that I'd know everything in the unit.   I'd have the smoke detector and Carbon Monoxide Detectors taken apart just to make sure they worked.  I'd have my computer checking for wireless signals that seemed just a little too strong to be in the apartment, etc.


I'm not paranoid - but it doesn't mean they aren't watching me. Haha.



Jul 29, 2011 03:56 AM #3
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

The landlord AND the employer should have keys....the employer knows there would be attractive women in the apartment.

Jul 29, 2011 03:57 AM #4
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Keep us posted on this story if you get to hear anymore on it how bizarre.

Jul 29, 2011 04:32 AM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Wallace, a lot of unanswered questions on this one.  Sounds like this story will fall apart.

Jul 29, 2011 06:23 AM #6
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Coconut Creek, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service

This is what happens when you "sub-leased " an apartment or house - the landlord has no control of the situation - but still gets the blame when something like this happens. 

Jul 29, 2011 11:53 AM #7
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

It would be easy enough to be checking where the wifi would be going and then see who accessed it. I have a feeling you are right though about who placed that equipment there.

Aug 02, 2011 05:12 AM #8
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