Outrageous Apartment Complex Threatens Tenants With Fines For Bad Reviews
An apartment complex is under fire for reportedly threatening tenants with a $10,000 fine if they give the place a bad online review.
Management at the Windermere Cay complex in Winter Garden, Florida require new tenants to sign a "social media addendum," which forces tenants to sign away their rights to any photos, reviews or other material posted about the complex.
The addendum also states a $10,000 fine will be imposed on tenants who give a bad or negative review of the complex online.
“Applicant will refrain from directly or indirectly publishing or airing negative commentary regarding the Unit, Owner, property or the apartments,” the addendum reads. “This means that Applicant shall not post negative commentary or reviews on Yelp!, Apartment Ratings, Facebook, or any other website or Internet-based publication or blog."
Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. told Steve Doocy on "Fox and Friends" today that the apartment complex is wrong to do this.
"Don't sign this lease, don't sign this addendum," Johnson said. "This is void, I say against public policy. It is unreasonable, it is unfair, it is illegal, it is a violation of your First Amendment rights."
Johnson added that he thinks a court wouldn't recognize the addendum if the apartment complex tried to take a tenant to court to collect the fine.
Watch the video above to hear more about this controversial policy.
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