Sellers should consult their own legal counsel about surveillance issues (e.g. potential crimes such as voyeur, sex offender registry crimes, eavesdropping, wiretapping, electronic interception/recording of conversations not a party).
Disclosure of surveillance cures some potential problems and deters bad behavior in listings.
Behave in listings according to the golden rule (e.g. how you would want people to behave while in your home).
Avoid discussing confidential or sensitive or potentially offensive issues while in listings. Wait until off-site in a secure area before discussing confidential information (e.g. motivation of party, pricing, negotiating strategy).
Sellers should avoid surveillance in areas where there is an expectation of privacy (e.g. bathrooms). Sellers should at all times secure: valuables, prescription drugs, alcohol, clothes, jewelry, weapons, animals, children, sentimental items, etc.
Because surveillance can be so difficult to detect, all buyer side individuals should always assume surveillance with or without disclosure. There are pieces of commercial equipment which claim to detect/disrupt surveillance.
Posted by: Byron King on 08/12/19 (This information is only accurate as of 08/12/19. You must contact SCR for updates and changes to this information after 08/12/19 as laws and regulations may change over time. SCR 803-772-5206 or email info at screaltors.org)