I'm considering installing a "nanny cam" in a common area in my apt to monitor things since I'd like to be able to rent my space when I'm not there sometimes.
The camera would cover the living room, kitchen and apt exit, not the bedroom or bathroom. It appears to be legal in NYC.
My question is, should I inform guests that the apt is monitored? I was thinking that if they knew that, it would deter theft, parties, etc and I just wouldn't have to worry. Where as if they didn't know, they could still steal but I would have a record of it. But I'd prefer to just prevent it upfront.
You should report it. It is against AirBnB policy not to mention the presence of a camera in a listing.
I am not sure what you have decided, but here is my opinion:
All of this hidden camera idea seems downgrading to Airbnb. The benefit of using Airbnb over hotels is that you make yourself at home while you are in a remote location. If they are not being monitored at their home, they would not feel comfortable being monitored by you.
Yes, i think you should let your guest know if you are going to do this they should know if they want to rent from you, there was a report from CBS that the hidden cameras are in bedrooms and in bathrooms, if you must install cameras you must simple must let those people you are renting out to know because it is an invasion of privacy to film people in their bedrooms and bathrooms thoses are private areas and your renter should be respected if they do not wish to rent from you because you are wanting to film them in their private space.
Blanca in NJ
I wish there was a 360 degree camera set to snap at the posted check in and check out times, that records the condition of the listing and emails it to Airbnb.
Would leave no room for argument for theft or damage.