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Tenants Rights - Key FOBs, Smartkeys, Keyless

PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:53 pm
by TenantNet
Tenants Rights - Key FOBs

Attached are some cases dealing with Key FOBs, how many must be supplied to tenants and replacement policies.

Re: Tenants Rights - Key FOBs

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:42 pm
by TenantNet
See this new post and attached letter from DHCR: ... 499#p58499

Re: Tenants Rights - Key FOBs, Smartkeys, Keyless

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:48 pm
by TenantNet ... ng-keyless

October 17, 2019 01:35 PM
Legislation seeks to protect the privacy of tenants going keyless

An increase in the number of residential buildings using smart-key entry systems—also known as keyless systems—has prompted a city official to look for ways to protect the data and privacy of tenants living in such buildings.

Councilman Mark Levine introduced legislation Thursday that would prevent landlords from improperly using personal data collected by smart entry systems to harass or evict tenants, or to monitor their comings and goings.

“Most renters in the city are probably unaware that every time they use a keyless access system in their building or in their apartment that information is electronically logged and can be seen by their landlord,” Levine said in a statement. “Every tenant has the right to know what data is being collected by their landlord and should feel secure that that data cannot be used against them.”

In the bill, Levine lays out restrictions on the type of data landlords would be able to collect and how the data could be used.

Landlords would be limited to collecting a tenant’s name, apartment number and contact information with their consent, and would be unable to retain the information for more than 90 days.

One of the major concerns surrounding keyless systems has been a landlord’s ability to potentially lock out a tenant for lack of payment.

Levine’s bill would give tenants who live in smart-access buildings the legal option of receiving a physical key for entry.

Landlords would be unable to collect data for the purposes of eviction or harassment, sell tenants’ data to third parties, add location-tracking technology to smart-access systems, or collect data on residents who are minors.

The legislation also would prohibit landlords from using smart-access systems for anything other than monitoring entrances, exits and common areas, and for security purposes when service providers enter the building.

Smart-key entry systems and facial-recognition technology in residential buildings have made waves recently, as more tenants cite privacy and access concerns.

Another bill introduced this month would require landlords to provide tenants with physical keys to their apartments, as well as to the building's exterior entrances.