People are shocked by this landlord's extreme list of demands for tenants
We’ve all dealt with a rubbish landlord or housemate in our time renting.
But few experiences match up to the extreme rules one landlord demands are met by all tenants.
A list of ‘terms and conditions’ was shared on the Facebook group Awful Roomates: Roomates from Hell by Jessica Marteny, from North Carolina.
Jessica explained that these aren’t her rules, but a list of demands she found from a landlord when searching for a place to live.
Some of the regulations are pretty fair. You have to respect noise limits, keep the property clean, and you can’t take drugs in the flat. Reasonable, right?
But then things get a bit intense.
Tenants have to stay out of each other’s rooms, they’re not allowed guests, and drinking alcohol in the property is banned.
You can’t adjust the thermostat or use a space heater, so hopefully tenants don’t mind the cold, and the property is under 24 hour surveillance to ensure no rules are broken.
Oh, and you can’t cook between 9.30pm and 6am during the week, or between 9.30pm and 9.30am on the weekends. Sorry if you need a late-night snack or you like an early start on Sundays, breakfast shall have to wait.
The list continues: ‘YOU are responsible for YOUR OWN toiletries and hygiene products. DO NOT use anyone else’s.
‘If the bathroom is out of items buy your own, DO NOT use paper towels as it clogs the septic system unless you want to pay for a plumber.
‘Windows must remain closed at all times while the heat or air-conditioning is on.
‘There will be a $10 late fee if rent is not paid on time even if it’s the next day.
‘If any of these terms are broken at any time you will be asked to leave immediately, and therefore forfeiting paid deposit and any prepaid rent. By signing this you are agreeing to these terms.’
The reaction to the rules wasn’t particularly positive.
One person asked: ‘Is this guy renting a prison cell?’, while another pondered: ‘What if you have a partner? They can’t come over???? And no cooking before 9:30 on a weekend? What if you work on the weekend in the morning and wanna cook breakfast?’
Some people in the group suggested the landlord must have had some bad experiences before, and perhaps their rules and regulations were just an overreaction.
If you’re reading this and thinking ‘ha, my landlord is way worse’, please do let us know. We’d love to hear from you about your renting woes.
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