Far Out Friday: Tenants outraged after forced to 'like' apartment complex on Facebook

by AB03 Jun 2016
Tenants at an apartment complex in Utah were outraged after being asked to sign a new lease agreement requiring them to “friend” and “like” their apartment complex on Facebook.

Residents at the City Park Apartments complex in Salt Lake City complained that they found contract addendum taped to their doors “ridiculous”, according to the BBC.

“Facebook is totally optional. For them to force someone's hand to do this is kind of ridiculous,” tenant Jason Ring told the BBC.

The City Park Apartments Facebook page was then flooded with negative comments but now appears to have been removed, the BBC reported. 

Community manager Ana Raphael has since apologised to tenants in a statement, saying the Facebook addendum was provided as some protection to its residents and its owners from usage of photos on its Facebook page from all community events, including an upcoming pool party to celebrate the opening of its pool. 

“That addendum went beyond the request and intent of City Park Apartments, and was not carefully reviewed to ensure that it met with their needs and requests,” Raphael in a statement to local nes service, KSL.

“We sincerely apologise for any confusion this may have caused and hope to earn your positive comments through our customer service efforts and not through any perceived obligation.” 

Ring told the BBC that he was pleased with how the situation unfolded.

“I'm hoping this will bring more light to the fact that this was really inappropriate,” he said.

“They should never have tried this stunt in the first place.”