Unlike: Tenants fume over apartment complex’s new Facebook addendum
SALT LAKE CITY — Some tenants at a Salt Lake City apartment complex are fuming over a new lease agreement that requires tenants to “like” the complex on Facebook. Tenants of the City Park Apartments told KSL that a “Facebook addendum” showed up taped to their doors Thursday night.
The contract requires tenants to friend the City Park Apartments on Facebook within five days, or be found in breach of the rental agreement, though some of the tenants already signed a lease agreement months ago.
The document also includes a release allowing the apartment to post pictures of tenants and their visitors on the page.
“I don’t want to be forced to be someone’s friend and be threatened to break my lease because of that,” tenant Jason Ring said. “It’s outrageous as far as I’m concerned.”
Ring said it’s the last straw; he’s moving out after the final month of his lease.
“It’s a violation of my privacy,” Ring added.
KSL’s calls to the attorneys for City Park Apartments were not returned Friday.
Zachary Myers, an attorney who specializes in tenant rights for Hepworth, Murray & Associates in Bountiful, said the contract addendum may not be fair to those who don’t have or are unable to create Facebook accounts.
“The biggest issue that I have with it is that it seems to be discriminatory against elderly individuals and disabled individuals who are unable to utilize an online presence such as Facebook,” he said.
I hope this will be overturned by the courts. Forcing tenants to “friend” landlords gives the landlords all sorts of information they have no legal right to. Forced friending is essentially spying.
People don’t realise how many legal rights they are signing away every day. With many (most?) online retailers there are terms of service when you click “buy” that you agree not to post any negative reviews on social media.
The NY Times just did a series about how corporations of all kinds are forcing people to forgo their right to sue and submit to arbitration. Of course the plaintiff loses about 99.999% of the time in arbitration.