I am a caucasion single female that has just moved into an apt complex. The lady who showed me the apt before I rented, volunteered that there was a single "nice" man who lived below me. The day after I moved in the African American man asked me if I had just moved in and did I have a roommate? He then described the previous proposed tenant who had looked at the apartment, but had obviously not moved in. He then invited me over for beer and tacos for Cinco de Mayo and I declined.I am now questioning what rights I may have as far as the apt. office giving out any information that I live alone or what my situation is. Aren't there any laws to privacy out of a need of security? I feel vulnerable.
State/Country relating to question: South Carolina
Hello JACUSTOMER,There are no South Carolina privacy laws which would apply in your situation. The South Carolina privacy laws primarily have to do with financial institutions or governmental entities disclosing personal identifying information about a person, with such information being things like your name, social security number, financial account information etc. But nothing really prevents or prohibits a landlord disclosing to a prospective tenant who else lives in the building. So, I really don't see any legal action you could take against the landlord for what happened.If something were to happen to you and you were attacked, and the landlord knew that the other tenant were dangerous somehow, that might be the basis for some type of negligence action. But that has not happened.And it may have been inappropriate or forward for the landlord to do what she did, but I don't see it as being the basis for any legal complaint. I think the landlord was just providing information to you as to what other type of people lived in the building. However, you can certainly ask the landlord to respect your privacy and not to do this type of thing again in the future (if she told others about you), and that you wish to be left alone. And you can certainly tell this other tenant that you do not want to be bothered with his invitations.Thomas
Twenty one years experience as a lawyer in New York and New Jersey. Former Appellate Law Clerk.
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