Fury As Landlord Sends 'Specific Rules' to Renter After Signing Contract

A post on Reddit has gone viral after a user shared an unusual list of "Home Guidelines" that was given to a friend by their landlord after they signed the contract on a new home.

The post, shared by user QuantumAnti and entitled "My friend just received some questionably specific house rules from her landlord after signing," has over 13,000 upvotes and was posted to the Reddit community "Mildly Infuriating."

The "guidelines" are comprised of 14 number points and start off arguably innocuous with "Please vacuum the basement 1/week." The list then progresses rather quickly to more unusual demands including: "Please have your boyfriend leave the house by 10:00 p.m., and please be considerate how often he comes here. Absolutely NO sexual activity is to happen in our house. This is going against our religious believe of having pre-marital sex before marriage."

It continues: "If a female relative is here from out of town and needs a place to stay for the night, please ask for permission. If they stay for more than two nights, please pay $10.00 for each additional night."

The final point reads: "Your rent includes the basement area, laundry room and kitchen. All other space upstairs is for me to live in. However I don't mind you using the upstairs if I'm not here. If I am here, then I like my own space."

Other rules include no alcohol inside the home, fast showers, use of the backdoor only, and no outdoor shoes in the house.

Responding to the post, user darkgunnerds wrote: "If it is not part of the lease agreement then it will not hold up in court," in a comment with over 6,000 likes, to which another user, GooberMountain, commented: "Unless you live in Arkansas where tenants have no rights."

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A landlord handing over the keys. Stock Image. A post on Reddit has gone viral after a landlord made a list of demands to a tenant, after she signed the contract. Getty Images

Arkansas Law Help, an Arkansas-based law advice organization, writes on its website that landlords can enter a residence for a number of reasons including investigating possible criminal activity or investigating possible violations of the rules or the lease, and that they can do so at any time and without prior warning.

It suggests that "because the law gives the landlord such broad rights to enter, you may want to have a lease provision limiting entry to reasonable times and with at least a 24-hour notice."

Equally, the landlord is not obliged to "provide you with a habitable dwelling (i.e., a fit place to live). This means the floor can be rotten, the roof can leak, and the plumbing can fail to work."

The landlord is also not under any obligation to make any repairs to the home unless that service is specifically laid out in the written lease, so the organization strongly recommend that "you must inspect the home before you move in to make sure it meets your needs and is in good condition. You should docu­ment anything wrong with the home at the time you move in."

Users in the comments suggested that such a difficult rental accommodation is not an uncommon scenario.

One user, TakenUsername120184, wrote: "Some people don't have a choice. Personally I would rather sleep in a ditch outside, and what's sad is I have before."

User Hardrocker1990 commented: "I was able to get my former landlord to pay me my security deposit back plus two months rent because my state has a law that the landlord must put the security deposit into and interest bearing account and show proof. He was unable to do so and the court ordered him to pay."

Newsweek reached out to u/QuantumAnti for comment. We could not verify the details of the case.