Friday, March 13, 2015

Fining Renters for Bad Reviews


A Florida apartment complex has inserted a "Social Media Addendum" into their lease that bans renters from writing bad reviews on the internet and fines them $10,000 if they violate the policy, Ars Technica reports.

The far-reaching clause also says that any bad reviews and "any and all written or photographic works regarding the Owner, the Unit, the property, or the apartments" becomes the property of the landlord.  So if you take a few photos of your friends enjoying dinner at your apartment, it's the property of the landlord.

The property manager of the complex, Windermere Cay, says that the clause is void, but it is still being given to residents as part of their lease contract.  One resident, who supplied the contract and said he has no intention of writing negative reviews, asked for the clause to be removed from his lease, but it wasn't.

Legal experts say not only is the Social Media Addendum unenforceable, it probably opens the apartment up to legal action just for including it in their contract.  Court precedent is to rule against any action by a business that attempts to control customer reviews, often ordering the businesses to pay large settlements to the affected customers.

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