Interestingly, a recent case in PA approved a newspaper getting the names of all people who are in arrears on their sewer bills and publishing them. This is far less intrusive, so I don't believe that this is a violation of anyone's rights.
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Yes, under personality rights, publication of an individual's identity without consent is an infringement, regardless of the reason. You can sue him as you like. Also if it is humiliating for you, you can even get some money out of it.
Well grocery stores have routinely posted people's bad checks for years for all to see. Our golf club posts people who are more than 3 months behind on the bulletin board. So you may just have to research for your state.
I agree with runnerdude, pay your rent when due. I think even if the Landlord has the right to do this, it maybe not the best idea to get his tenants angry with his flyer. But who knows what has driven him to this tactic. Maybe he was tired of never getting paid on time.
It depends on your state laws and what information he is making public. If he is posting any private info (such as ss#, d/o/b, apartment #'s etc) then no he can't do that. But if he's just posting names and amount owed he typically would be allowed to do so. I would contact your local legal aid office and find out for sure. Personally, I would move asap. I think that is just tacky and a terrible business practice.