The “bromides” to which you refer, reflect a common apathy about the use of surveillance cameras everywhere—the slowly boiling frog approach to an “inevitable” societal slide into a police state. As long as we accept, without question, a surveillance state, the short answer to your question is: no, there isn’t much that can be done.
You don’t need to sign a new lease just to guarantee that the landlords provide services that they’re required to provide anyway.
A Rule of Seven, if it existed, would be a stupid, vindictive and financially unsound practice that could only be justified by ignorant superstition, evidence that some landlords have SPOOKS in their brains.
FCC Order 98-273 will prohibit the landlord from requiring you to remove the satellite dish, but only if you have exclusive use of the deck. If you do not have exclusive use, you should probably move the satellite dish to an area in your apartment that you do control.
If a tenant is uncomfortable with other terms buried in a a lease, he or she will usually acquiesce to them because the amenities are acceptable and the price is right—like clicking the button agreeing to terms when one buys something online or accepting new Facebook terms.
Even if you live on the bottom floor with a view of a dirty alley and top floor has an unobstructed view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the tenant upstairs will be safe from an OMI eviction if he or she pays more rent. These MBA-bean-counting-investors don’t want to “live” here; they want to get rich here.
In Tenant Troubles I will still give you the law, straight up. When the law is not on your side, I’ll also urge you to remember your old music, to let your DNA unravel, to undadulterate, to get pissed off and get political
Why would you hire landlord lawyer who is ambivalent about your rights–a landlord lawyer who will use your money to evict other tenants?
Unless the Airbnb visitors are being housed in the Jack Tars springing up all over town, they must necessarily stay in residential units removed from the market, period.