Landlady to repay rent over one-way mirror
13 August 2007, Munich (dpa) - A court in Munich has ordered a landlady to repay a lodger's rent because there was a one-way mirror in his bathroom.
13 August 2007
Munich (dpa) - A court in Munich has ordered a landlady to repay a lodger's rent because there was a one-way mirror in his bathroom.
The presence of the mirror violated the man's rights to privacy, said the court in a verdict announced Monday.
The lodger moved into the woman's apartment in October 2005, along with two fellow students. They left four months later after discovering the voyeuristic mirror.
At the back of the mirror was a small chamber where police found pornographic magazines and videos.
The students demanded reimbursement of their rent totalling 864 euros (1,175 dollars), but the landlady refused on the grounds that only the bathroom was affected and not the other rooms they used.
She offered to repay a portion of the rent, but this was rejected by the students who took her to court.
The first student won his case. The court still has to decide on the others.
Police were unable to determine who was responsible for installing the offending mirror.
Subject: German news