Potential Issues When Your Property Becomes a Pokémon Go Hotspot

Playing Pokemon GoManagement rights are all the rage in Gold Coast at the moment. Its fantastic climate, relaxed beach culture and breathtaking attractions make it an ideal place to combine the dream lifestyle and a rewarding investment. Resort Brokers Australia says management rights are the ultimate home-based business.

But there’s one problem facing those working in the property caretaking industry in Gold Coast: Pokémon Go. It’s all over the news recently, with stories of people walking into the path of cars or being lured into secluded places and then assaulted. These are extreme examples.

On a typical day, however, a property owner or caretaker is swamped with strangers entering their property when playing Pokémon Go. If your property is a hotspot, pay closer attention to these issues:

Privacy

Players capture a Pokémon character using their smartphone’s camera. This can be a potential violation of privacy if it’s taken on a private property without permission. If the background includes an unsuspecting bystander and the player posts the image on social media, the bystander can claim breach of privacy.

Trespassing

If you’re in a hotspot, an influx of visitors is likely to make an appearance on your private property. This may be considered trespassing. To prevent this, post a sign stating ‘Private Property: Enter at Your Own Risk’. It’s important to clarify where your property starts and where public property ends.

Safety

Players look at their smartphones when trying to capture characters. This can be dangerous in a building, on a driveway and in communal areas like gyms. If one of these players trips or injures themselves on your property, you may be facing a negligence claim.

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If your property is in a hotspot, it’s useful to check for possible hazards, and take action to curtail the risks. Post warning signs, add lighting and remove the hazard for your own protection.

If you’re worried now, the best move is to get advice from a lawyer. It’s better to prepare for the worst case scenario than have a Pokémon Go player walk in with a potential lawsuit.