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Apartment Complex Orders Tenants to Like Its Facebook Page, Or Else…

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Leases can be chockful of fine print, but a move by one Salt Lake City apartment complex may have apartment dwellers reading their next one very carefully before signing on the dotted line.

City Park Apartments presented tenants with a “Facebook Addendum” late last week that requires them to like the building on the popular social media site within five days or otherwise be considered in breach of their lease, KSL-TV reports.

The addendum, which was taped to residents’ doors, also reportedly includes a release that would allow the complex to post pictures of tenants and their visitors on their page — and a clause that prevents residents from posting anything negative about the community on any public forums or pages.

It was brought to KSL’s attention by a tenant who considered the addendum “outrageous” and a “violation of my privacy.”

City Park Apartments did not immediately respond to Credit.com’s requests for comment. Its Facebook page, which boosts a 1.1. star rating, is currently riddled with reviews from people calling the complex out on the new policy.

“This is one of the most absurd requirements I have EVER heard,” one Facebook user wrote.

Facebook did not immediately respond to questions about whether it had any policies pertaining to this type of situation.

Attorney Zachary Myers told KSL, however, that the City Park Apartments’ addendum had a few potential broader issues.

“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.

Attention, Apartment Shoppers

Myers also told KSL that the complex may not be able to require tenants who already signed a lease to put their John Hancock on the add-on. Once you do sign the addendum, however, you could be legally beholden the terms, he said — a comment that underscores the importance of not blindly signing anything your landlord — or companies in general — put in front of you. You’ll want to be aware of any clauses that you may not agree with.

And, of course, if you’re in the market for a new apartment, you should check your credit. Most landlords pull a version of your credit report when deciding who to rent you and you don’t want any errors or surprises to cause you to miss out on a lease that aligns with what you’re looking for in an apartment. (You see where your credit currently stands by pulling your reports for free each year at AnnualCreditReport.com and viewing your credit scores for free each month on Credit.com.)

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