I’d like to install an indoor camera, but am worried about (a) weirding out and deterring guests from booking and (b) legalities. What is your experience with and advice on indoor cameras? Do you recommend I do it or not?
As an absentee host, I see plenty of benefits in having a camera. Unfortunately, installing exterior surveillance and a video doorbell outside of my apartment entrance is not an option for me.
As to an indoor camera, as I understand… any video and audio surveillance equipment in places where people may have a reasonable expectation of privacy may violate the law… so how should I do it in compliance?
I do not have a foyer or a separate room that guests walk into when they first enter. Guests come in directly into my living room. So how and where should I position an indoor camera? Should I install it in front of the front door, or maybe on the ceiling… with the camera pointing only towards the inside of my apartment front door (and not pointing to or capturing the couch and the rest of the living area which is in the same room too)?
Also, if you have an indoor camera, what language do you use to disclose it in your listing descriptions?
Would I need to get written consent from guests about indoor cameras?
And what feedback about it do you get from guests? Do you loose business because of guests not willing to book an apartment with an indoor camera? Any guests leaving bad reviews and complaining about an indoor camera?