Landlords are – generally speaking – a pretty shit bunch. How could they not be? Squashing our living standards and swiping our deposits, they’re one of the only social groups profiting from the worst housing crisis in recent memory. One study from last year even suggested that around 125,000 tenants in England have experienced abuse, harassment, and threats at the hands of their landlords.
Now, though, it seems like their power trips are getting weirder. According to a new report on KSL, a group of tenants in Salt Lake City are being threatened with eviction unless they “like” their apartment complex’s Facebook account.
The City Park Apartments residents were each reportedly given a ‘Facebook Addendum’ last Thursday (May 26), which was taped onto their door by their landlords. It claimed that each tenant needed to ‘friend’ the building’s Facebook account within five days, or be faced with potential eviction. It also included a release that would allow the page to share images of all residents – as well as their visitors.
“I don't want to be forced to be someone's friend and be threatened to break my lease because of that,” said tenant Jason Ring, who handed in his notice shortly after hearing the news. “It’s outrageous as far as I’m concerned.”
Sadly this new tactic appears to have backfired massively, as the account currently has an average rating of 1.1 out of five stars, and a profile picture of a filthy sewer system. It’s also attracted a slew of not-so-shining reviews. “This probably would have worked in early Germany when Hitler was still in charge,” wrote one commenter. “Apparently you guys haven't progressed into the new era where democracy, freedom of speech and privacy are all top priority... I don't see your apartment buildings being open too much longer.”
Lawyers for the City Park Apartments are yet to make a statement on the issue.