A single mother has expressed her horror to discover her new rental home was fitted with internal surveillance cameras.
The mother-of-five was struggling to find a suitable home in Brisbane and had agreed to rent a plot of land without having seen it.
She said it was only days before she moved in that she spotted the cameras, which she feared were being monitored.
“We don’t know who’s watching. Even if we cover the cameras, we don’t know who can hear us,” the woman told 7News.
In one chilling incident, the woman claimed to have seen the camera flash as she walked through the house in her underwear.
The cameras weren’t the only problem either, as the woman told ABC the lights in the living room and bedroom couldn’t be turned off.
The stove and heating also had to be turned off at source and three doors in the laundry room, living room and master bedroom were locked.
She said the situation made her feel “sick” because she thought she and her children were being watched and called for the cameras to be removed.
The real estate agent assured the woman that the cameras were not active before claiming they were disclosed in the original advertisement for the property.
7News reported that while the original advert mentioned a full video security system, it didn’t say they were in the home.
The images included in the ad show video cameras inside the home, while other images lack them.
Real estate attorney Tim O’Dwyer said the situation was “very unusual” and called the property a “very scary house” to live in.
“The owner breached the lease by not allowing her quiet enjoyment,” Mr O’Dwyer said.
While the agent has since agreed to remove the cameras, the woman said she has already left the home.
She is now desperate for somewhere else to live amid the deepening cost of living crisis.
“It caused so much chaos in our lives,” she said.
“We had just moved in and now we have to uproot everything.
“I’m doing what any mother would do to protect her children, but now I have nowhere to go.”