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(Telegraph)   Welcome to your new home. There's a stiff penalty if dishes are left in the sink, cooking must be limited to 30 minutes, and pork is banned entirely   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 26
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-12 03:22:16 PM
13 votes:
This is for rental of a room, not a fully equipped apartment. These are roommate rules as much as tenant rules.
2013-01-12 03:41:12 PM
7 votes:

ZAZ: This is for rental of a room, not a fully equipped apartment. These are roommate rules as much as tenant rules.


Yeah, but even as roommate rules this is control-freak territory. The rent better be suuuuper cheap for that asshole to find anybody.
2013-01-12 03:32:52 PM
5 votes:
I could see the landlord having two sets of printed rules - one that's ridiculously long & absurd handed to those who he doesn't want as renters.
2013-01-12 04:00:54 PM
4 votes:

ZAZ: This is for rental of a room, not a fully equipped apartment. These are roommate rules as much as tenant rules.


Showers between the hours of 6am to 10am or 7pm to 11pm. No longer than 15 minutes. What? Does that 15 minutes count from the moment you step into the restroom?

Cooking only 30 minutes.

It sounds like this person wants to make money off his rooms without actually wanting people there. When I lived with roommates it was like, hey do you want to split a pizza? No? Ok I'm gonna cook something, you want some? No? Alright, later.

If you are gonna have people living with you, you will have to make contact with them.
2013-01-12 03:58:35 PM
3 votes:
As someone whose household is suffering thru an immature and selfish roomate, I'm seriously regretting NOT having a list of rules.
2013-01-12 03:51:35 PM
3 votes:
Seeing as this is for the rental of a room, not an apartment, most of those sound like they would be pretty fair. The pork thing sounds a little weird but if the guy is Jewish or Muslim I can see why. Visitors, cleaning up after yourself, no using other peoples things, no loud music, no drugs etc seem like a pretty standard agreement for renting a room.
2013-01-12 03:48:34 PM
3 votes:

walrusonion: not sound like a racist but, I guarantee you this landlord is Pakistani.


Absolutely.

The cultures of Pakistan and India tend to turn their people into lying, OCD lunatics. And I hate to sound racist, but there it is.
2013-01-12 03:45:00 PM
3 votes:
not sound like a racist but, I guarantee you this landlord is Pakistani.
2013-01-12 07:05:49 PM
2 votes:
Judging from the majority of the comments I don't think most people even read the article, typical Fark behavior. If they had they would have realized that this isn't about renting a house, apartment or flat, it's renting a bedroom in someone else's house.

The landlord isn't granting full access to the house, they can use the bathroom when necessary and showers are to be 15 minutes or less, which is more than enough time to do what's necessary in a shower, and he lists appropriate time when those showers can be taken.

They can use the kitchen long enough to cook a reasonable meal, eat and clean up afterwards, then it's back to their room. They can have visitors as long as it's approved first, in other words you cant bring home whatever farktoy you picked up at the bar that night. Again, perfectly reasonable.

No parties, no loud music, no drugs or other illegal activities, no using his things, again, these are all perfectly reasonable expectations for someone who's renting a bedroom in your house.

The only odd thing is the pork issue, which I'm sure is because he's either Jewish or Muslim, again, perfectly understandable.

Also I'm sure this guy would lighten up after a few months and the two of you got to know each other better, it's always best to bring all these things up before the person moves in, you can relax the rules later if things work out. However comparing this guy to Hitler and all this other stupidity is a bit much people.
2013-01-12 06:00:41 PM
2 votes:
montreal_medic: Civil Code supercedes that. Get to a lawyer NOW. This will degenerate quickly. Quebec really is a farking third-world banana republic without the decency of tropical weather. Condos are SUCH shiat. Real estate in general is garbage but condos in Quebec? I'd rather be homeless. I see these plastic and cardboard monstrosities being tossed up by Ontario companies with their pathetic brochures with no useful information in them and the sleazy full-size ads in the Metro... gahhh....

farking real estate, the domain of scammers, liars and thieves.
You can join the RGCQ or some sort of condo owners group, they will gladly hand out information.

/My parents don't understand why I rent
//They're too stuck in the past, home ownership made sense back when a single-income family had a reasonable expectation of employment in the same area for decades
///Real estate now is coasting on the mythology of a bygone era
2013-01-12 05:14:03 PM
2 votes:

Fano: "Pots are to be kept inside the oven when not in use." Guess the nationality.


Italian? Eastern European general area?

As for TFA, cooking for only 30 minutes? How is that even possible? You can't cook a turkey breast in that time, or make soup. This landlord, basically, wants you confined to your room . He wants your money, but nothing associated with having another human being living there.
2013-01-12 04:09:29 PM
2 votes:
What gets me aren't the behavior rules as much as the visitor rules which basically mean that you will never have your friends over and if you family visits town they won't be able to see your place because you didn't inform your landlord early enough. That and the fact that some of the rules seem intentionally vague so the landlord can really kick you out at any time desired for being to noising or because he thinks you stole some of his shampoo.
2013-01-12 04:01:52 PM
2 votes:
Dishes left in the sink for days at a time? Rendering chicken carcasses for hours at a time?

Sure, rules are evil, but most would complain if their roommate did this things regularly. He who holds the lease makes the rules, apparently.
2013-01-12 03:43:27 PM
2 votes:
Must be one o them Mooslem types.  No pork, and you have to keep alcohol in your room?

Keep your room.  Nazis were probably less strict.

/sorry for Godwining
2013-01-12 10:38:32 PM
1 votes:

IamPatSajak: Sounds like my LL and I am renting a whole house, not just a room. He has invented all of these arbitrary rules and emails me all the time about them. We are apparently not allowed to appear that we live here from the outside, nothing on porches, no kid's toys or bikes or skateboards or ANYTHING outside. No trash or recycling bins near the house, he claims it is an "easement issue" whatever the fark that means, they are off the side of the porch. He has come in and done "inspections" multiple times, going through my closets, he sent me an email upset with me because I had laundry on the couch I was in the process of folding.

I am in a living hell. Lease is up soon, thank god.


Dude, at least spend a few hundred on a lawyer.  Entering the property unannounced and looking through your stuff.  ILLEGAL bro.  At a minimum, you can get out of your lease sooner rather than later.
2013-01-12 08:25:44 PM
1 votes:

ReapTheChaos: Judging from the majority of the comments I don't think most people even read the article, typical Fark behavior. If they had they would have realized that this isn't about renting a house, apartment or flat, it's renting a bedroom in someone else's house.


Some of those rules are asinine. 30 minutes is enough time to cook some meals, but not everything. Can't cook a turkey breast, make soup/pizza/marinara/meatloaf, bake a cake, or anything more complicated than PB&J. The reasoning behind that is it's the landlord's "living space", as is everywhere else, and you're not entitled to be there. As stated in TFA, which you read, no living room use, so sit in kitchen, eat, and go back to your room. The 2 week rule is unreasonable, because the visit is only allowed per the landlord's discretion. They must stay in your room during the visit, not sleep over, and you're allowed 2 visitors per month. That is, if the landlord allows - he stated no visitors without prior consent, text and verbal. No loud noises - could a hacking cough count? Sneezing in the middle of the night?

As you yourself said, do your limited business, "then it's back to their room" - you'd have more freedom in prison.
2013-01-12 08:18:59 PM
1 votes:

IamPatSajak: Sounds like my LL and I am renting a whole house, not just a room. He has invented all of these arbitrary rules and emails me all the time about them. We are apparently not allowed to appear that we live here from the outside, nothing on porches, no kid's toys or bikes or skateboards or ANYTHING outside. No trash or recycling bins near the house, he claims it is an "easement issue" whatever the fark that means, they are off the side of the porch. He has come in and done "inspections" multiple times, going through my closets, he sent me an email upset with me because I had laundry on the couch I was in the process of folding.

I am in a living hell. Lease is up soon, thank god.


Get. Out. Now.

I lived with the landlady from Hell and will never go back to renting. She and my boss, aka Satan, were BFFs. 1.5 years later she tried to sue us for a broken water pipe that had caused the rotting of flooring and black mold. I was sick the entire time I lived there, didn't know why until another couple I knew moved in and found it. Thankfully, she didn't affix her signature to the lease documents so the case was moot. Flee while you can.
2013-01-12 08:03:06 PM
1 votes:

rogue_L_chick: Every roommate I've ever had, if the booze wasn't kept in your room, it'd be gone. I became very adept at finding places to hide liquor from the last set (never again).

Started out in the closet, tucked into pants and coats, then in the air vents, then bagged up, under the potted plant...even came home from the county fair once with a huge blue snake I won at a game. That sucker gave his many a Sailor Jerry bottle until it was discovered.

S'okay though...I up resorting to pinching their weed to compensate.


Why the fark would you tolerate living with someone that steals?

Alcohol in the common areas I can understand (at least until they're told to stop.) If they are breaking into your room to steal shiat, that's time to call the cops.

Also, you can pick up a door handle that locks at Lowes for less than a handle of cheap whiskey.
2013-01-12 05:27:28 PM
1 votes:

montreal_medic: Quantum Apostrophe: Hey at least you get to see it first. Here in Quebec if you buy a condo and you don't know that there's a "déclaration de co-propriété" (that's the act of incorporation for the condo), too bad. When you buy, it's implied that you saw it, even if you never saw it or signed it. Usually these acts are FILLED with petty rules like these, written in the vaguest and densest legalese possible. At least if you are a renter you can leave, which is orders of magnitude faster and easier than selling.
/Just another reason real estate makes no sense at all

Tell me about it. We just found out that the owners of a few condos in our building got together with a couple of other condo owners and changed the whole condo agreement without formally calling a meeting. They had a unaminous vote of those present, since quarum is around 20%. Now we are all screwed.

The rules arent too bad for a renter, but we own. Screw this.

They also voted to change quarum so we need damn near everyone to reverse it, including them


Sounds like a Quebec problem.
2013-01-12 04:51:00 PM
1 votes:
Sounds like he has set up some rules as to where he can charge you "as he feels" for any transgressions, and tell you to immediately leave without your deposit. He must not be aware of tenant rights. How would he know the state of your room, if he wasn't going in there without your permission? Sounds like this dickhead is setting himself up for a huge lawsuit. I would love to move in there, just to violate some of these rules that are clearly illegal, and then sue the fark out of him, just for the lulz.

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2013-01-12 04:33:18 PM
1 votes:
Some of these are a bit of a stretch and verging on crazy territory. Some are pretty obviously things you shouldn't do (use the guy's internet for illegal activities) or are at least reasonable for shared living situations (guy doesn't like booze so keep it in your own room), but the way that they're all laid out emphasizes the guy's controlling personality. Even if you think every single one of these rules is fine and you can abide by them, you don't want anything to do with this situation.

I've had many friends who rented a room from a home where the landlord resides and it usually ends badly. When you have roommates and everyone is on equal footing there's a lot less stress than when one person owns the place. You need compromise to live with other people and people in that position seem to be less likely to work with you.
2013-01-12 04:14:06 PM
1 votes:
I remember seeing an ad on Craigslist for homes for rent at about 1/4th to 1/5th of average market prices.  The catch was that the homes were for sale and your furniture was for staging.  You'd be given 2hrs notice of when an estate agent would show up and you have to leave the house while they were viewing.  Viewing hours were from 9 til 9.

Just for grins, I asked for a copy of the tenant rules.  No clutter on the floors, no food with strong odors, all surfaces had to be clean, no smoking, etc...  They also had to pre-interview you to see if your furniture was acceptable.

I briefly considered it, but I wasn't cool about having people showing up so late.  What if I was in the middle of cooking dinner?  They also never gave you a day off, so having company over was impossible.  There was also no guarantee that you'd be in a house for more than a week, so you'd essentially be living out of a box.  Then you have all of the abuse your furniture would suffer from all the moves.


/the agent who was doing this ended up having his license yanked and was being investigated by the state for breaking tenant law
2013-01-12 03:49:08 PM
1 votes:

Bonzo_1116: ZAZ: This is for rental of a room, not a fully equipped apartment. These are roommate rules as much as tenant rules.

Yeah, but even as roommate rules this is control-freak territory. The rent better be suuuuper cheap for that asshole to find anybody.


Average rent in London is over $2000/month now. It's really just a supply and demand thing. Cheap(er) rentals are in huge demand so he can afford to be a dick about it since somebody is bound to bite eventually.
2013-01-12 03:48:46 PM
1 votes:

walrusonion: not sound like a racist but, I guarantee you this landlord is Pakistani.



No probs..

Pakistani isn't a "race".
2013-01-12 03:44:01 PM
1 votes:
Oznog : I MUST keep alcohol in my room? I don't even drink

Rubbing alcohol?
2013-01-12 03:27:39 PM
1 votes:
Good to know up-front that the rental is a S&M dungeon.
 
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