Apartment Building Incites Rage By Forcing Tenants to Like it on Facebook

published Jun 1, 2016
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People write some weird clauses into leases, but this is a new one: A Salt Lake City apartment complex is requiring that tenants like their page on Facebook, or else.

(Image credit: KSL-TV via CNET)

Last week, tenants at City Park Apartments woke up to a Facebook Addendum on their doors, requiring them to “friend” the building’s community page on the social network within five days, or risk being in breach of their lease. Despite that their leases have already been signed.

Other stipulations included that the tenant allows the building to post photos of themselves and guests to Facebook, and requires that no tenant post negative comments “in any public forum or page … relating to the community.” I’m sorry, what?

Not only is this insane, it’s discriminatory to the elderly and disabled individuals, according to a tenants’ rights lawyer contacted by KSL-TV. Plus, it potentially violates Facebook’s terms of service.

CNET got in touch with the building’s lawyer, who said it was meant as “protection to its residents and its owners from usage of photos on its Facebook page from all community events, including the opening pool party,” and that “at no time was any resident in jeopardy of eviction or action from City Park for failure to sign the addendum or “friend” City Park Apartments.”

That’s all well and good, but there’s probably a reason the building has a 1.1 star rating on its Facebook page.