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The short story is that I live in a neighborhood where everyone is on 5 wooded acres. My neighbor became obsessed about my dogs. She complained about them getting on her property( note her dogs were commonly on mine) so I fenced the entire property. She then called the city about me building a fence without a permit. She was constantly walking my fence line including fenced areas not on her yard. So I let her know that if she continued I would consider harassment charges. So she quit, but now she has a wildlife camera on her land that is approximately 10 feet away from my welded wire fence that is pointed toward my house. Is this legal?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Oklahoma

Lawyer's Assistant: Has any paperwork been filed?

No not yet. I’m trying to avoid escalating. She complained about barking, so I installed anti bark devices and made sure my dogs were indoors. It seems she gets upset even when I try to fix the problem

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

She screamed at my friends when they helped me build the fence. Several have witnessed her odd behavior. I had suspected her of harassing my dogs at night to get them barking . A friend and I saw someone at the back fence one night when the dogs were barking, but we couldn’t positively ID her although the person took off toward her property when I saw them. I had suspected her of coming onto my property and entering my home. I believe she had a key from the previous owners so I changed locks and installed cameras

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Real Estate Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 4 months ago
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Real Estate Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 4 months ago

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Real Estate Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 4 months ago

So long as the camera is on her property or on public property and is showing images that could be seen if a person was standing there then the photography is legal. The only exception to this rule is if the activity is happening in a place a "reasonable person would have an expectation of privacy". This is generally understood to mean bathrooms, bedrooms, etc.

It could also, for example, mean an area within a yard covered by a privacy fence and when someone had mounted a camera so high on a pole or a tree that it looked over the privacy fence. It likely wouldn't include a non-privacy fence though (x. a cyclone fence that you could see through).

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