Utah Apartments Want to Become ‘Facebook Official’ With Tenants

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Finding apartments for rent that you actually like can be difficult. A lot of times, when something seems too good to be true, it is. Finding apartments for rent is no exception.

In Salt Lake City, Utah, one apartment complex is angering its residents over a pretty unique reason. City Park Apartments is requiring its residents to “like” their page on Facebook.

According to KSL, a “Facebook addendum” appeared taped to the residents of City Part at the end of May. The contract requires tenants to “friend” the City Part Facebook page within five days. If the residents do not “like” and “friend” the apartment’s page, they will be found in breach of rental agreement, even though many of the residents signed the lease agreement months ago.

“I don’t want to be forced to be someone’s friend and be threatened to break my lease because of that,” said Jason Ring, who lives in the City Park Apartments. “It’s outrageous as far as I’m concerned.”

Ring plans to move out after the final month of his lease because he believes the requirement to be friends on social media is “a violation of my privacy.”

Believe it or not, there are actually individuals who are not on Facebook (pause for gasp). For those people, Zachary Myers, an attorney for Hepworth, Murray and Associates, thinks the ruling is not fair.

“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,” Myers said.

Renting apartments can be difficult yes — especially when the apartments just want to be BFFs on Facebook — but it doesn’t have to be that difficult. You should be able to find quality apartments for rent pretty much anywhere you want and work out a deal that fits you and your situation.

Apparently, because it’s 2016, we now have to take into account the apartment’s social networking popularity and how needy they are for friendship, but if you can get past that, you should be fine.

Maybe your apartment complex can politely chat you up on AOL instant messenger before you make it Facebook official?