Finding an apartment these days can often seem like an impossible task. Whether it’s an expired listing, out-of-control prices, or homes that don’t look quite like the picture, sometimes Couchsurfing or a very generous box seems like the best option. One person on Tick tock was able to find a desirable apartment, but was hit with another hurdle: the rental agreement.
Now there can occasionally be uncertainty in rental agreements, but as a rule this is not the case. This landlord has created a very strict list of rules and regulations for its residents. The list includes a ban on unmarried overnight guests, smoking indoors and outdoors, and if the tenant wishes to terminate the rental agreement at any time, they must give 30 days’ notice and pay all remaining rent for the year. In addition, during any type of vacation or break, the tenant must pay a storage fee if he leaves his belongings in the house while away.
Commentators largely agreed that they would not sign this agreement and would live on the streets if necessary. As it turned out, several viewers had similar situations. One even said they took an apartment complex to court because he was told he had to pay rent even if he died. What is particularly surprising are the storage fees and the ban on fornication among unmarried people.
Most people speculated that this apartment complex was in Utah, and some even said that they had also come across landlords who banned unmarried people from making out, even going so far as to come over whenever they wanted to check.
Such housing discrimination against unmarried couples is a very real problem. According to NOLO, Many housing companies believe that unmarried couples are much more unstable than married ones and are therefore less secure in a rental agreement. Under federal law, unmarried couples have no special guaranteed right to housing. While there are laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, gender and religion, marital status is not protected. This also means that landlords can inquire before offering a rental agreement.
If horror stories like these make you want to live like a ninja turtle in the sewers, you’re not alone. Next time you need to make a big move or find an apartment, avoid Utah. Or just save your moving boxes and build a fort and it might be less of a headache.