1. We expect that a customer has the same right to privacy that he enjoys in his home. It's that simple. Plus, heck from a transaction perspective... it is the same as renting an apt or an office.
2. We actually do screen our customers more closely than any hotel (for example) in this city.
3. We do ask customers to sign a form that, basically, states that they're going to comply with any and all laws.
4. If the authorities want access to any information about a customer at all... they need a warrant/subpoena. It's that simple. No gray. I don't care if it's just your address or video footage of you in our building.
5. Most often the 'man' wants us to provide access to a customer's room... which we can't do. We don't have keys. They want this done without a warrant.
6. Or, they want to provide a name and then want us to acknowledge if the person is renting and then provide the person's contact information, visitation information, etc. We typically will acknowledge if someone's a customer, in particular if the 'man' has something that links the person to us... but that's it.
7. Or, they want to bring a K9 unit to sniff outside the person's unit so they can try to get a warrant that way. Again, my answer is no.
June 26, 2009
C.I. vs. Criminal Bribery: Ethics
In answer to the comment section on the ethics of not helping law enforcement, my friend writes: