Chicago tenant accuses landlord of recording intimate moments via hidden camera

By Robert Hadley | Dec 7, 2015

CHICAGO–A Chicago tenant is suing his landlord, alleging he spied on him via a camera concealed in a smoke detector.

Lee Reemsnyder filed a lawsuit Nov. 23 in Cook County Circuit Court against Kamal Bosamia, alleging intrusion, infliction of emotional distress and breach of implied warranty of habitability.

According to the complaint, Reemsnyder became suspicious of the smoke detector directly above his bed about a month after renting a top-floor room from Bosamia on Nov. 1, 2014. He subsequently notified the Chicago Police Department, the suit says, who found a hidden camera, router and SD card hidden in the smoke alarm in the room at 2427 W. McLean Ave., Chicago. 

The plaintiff alleges the camera captured intimate footage of himself with others, but at no time did he consent to being viewed or recorded.

Reemsnyder seeks a jury trial and damages of more than $50,000. He is represented by attorney Martin D. Gould of Romanucci & Blandin of Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2015-L011960.

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