What’s the worst your landlord can do to you?
Forbid you to have a pet?
Refuse to fix the leaky faucet?
Nag you for the rent?
Toss you out for nonpayment?
Forget the old cliches. There’s an apartment complex in Salt Lake City that is forging a whole brave new world of tenant abuse — via social media:
Ever have somebody in your life who tries to control you? Maybe they use fear, intimidation, and guilt to manipulate you into doing something not necessarily in your best interest.
Those people are toxic.
But what about when it’s an apartment building, threatening that you’ll have breached your lease unless you not only friend it on Facebook but agree to let photos of you and your visitors be posted to its Facebook page?
The emotionally needy inanimate object in question is City Park Apartments, a condominium and apartment building in Salt Lake City.
Though it’s obviously seeking warm and fuzzy – it’s also outlawed bad Yelp reviews – the business was getting frigid and barbed comments and a miserable rating on its Facebook page as of Tuesday (the page was down at the time of publication of this article).
Strangely enough, the complex announced this new policy in a decidedly old-school, low-tech manner — by taping printed notices to tenants’ doors.
Of course, for existing tenants whose leases contain nothing about such a policy, the complex would appear to be on shaky ground.
But we’re not lawyers. However, if you’re a tenant or a landlord with need for one, we do know a lot of good attorneys…