More like Voyeur-bnb. A tourist is pursuing legal action after allegedly finding hidden cameras at an Airbnb he was renting in Miami.
Max Vest says he discovered small black boxes plugged into power outlets inside the bedroom of the apartment he was staying at while in town for a fitness competition. Unsure what the devices were, the Gainesville resident told 7News Miami he unplugged the boxes and “looked them up and found out they were hidden cameras.”
Alarmed that his privacy had been violated, Vest took out the storage cards and quickly reported the hidden surveillance system to Miami Police.
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While Vest was not in any of the video captured on the cards, authorities say other people are. Now, investigators are trying to identify the people in the video and determine if they knew they were being recorded.
Officers confirmed to the news outlet that it’s illegal for anyone to record an individual where there’s an expectation of privacy — like a bathroom or bedroom.
According to Vest, the position of the cameras were extremely invasive:
“The cameras were facing the bed, so I’m sure he was just seeing any footage of anybody changing clothes, when they came out of the shower or sleeping or anything else you would do in a bed.”
Vest is now pursuing legal action to make sure no more renters unwittingly star in the owner’s creepy home video collection. His lawyer told 7News:
“We are working with local authorities and have notified Airbnb of our representation. We are willing to work with Airbnb to make this right, but we will pursue all legal options in an effort to recover damages suffered by our client and make sure that no other unsuspecting customers fall victim to this host.”
Airbnb also released a statement, saying it’s “working to fully support” Vest and has offered him a refund. The company states that it requires hosts to “clearly disclose any security cameras in writing on their listings,” and has shunned the apartment owner from the Airbnb community for breaking the rules.
The voyeuristic owner also broke the rules of the Camden Apartments complex, as management confirmed that using the units as a rental is a violation of the lease.
Keep your eyes peeled next time you Airbnb, Perezcious travelers!
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