News

Social media

Spring 2017

There’s no shortage of hi jinx on social media, and mostly it’s harmless fun.

Mostly.

And, depending on who sees it, like friends, there shouldn’t be a problem. However it’s commonly accepted that once something goes on social media it stays on social media.

Social media users are often warned that it’s just a few taps of a keyboard whereby prospective employers can see you in an unflattering light.

Well, the same applies to the people who rent your property to you.

The problem is twofold, what may be perceived by you as a bit of tomfoolery or shenanigans at a lively house-party may not be so well accepted by your property manager/owners.

Secondly, it’s not going to go away.

In an age where social media rules the ground has shifted for tenants, and what goes on behind closed doors (or open ones) doesn’t necessarily stay there.

So, images of partly attired revellers dancing on the table (or the carpet or the polished floor) spilling red wine are not the kind of images you want the landlord to see.

Or any future would-be lessors.

A social media record of a noisy party may be used against you as evidence of a breach under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act which stipulates that the tenants 'must not interfere with the reasonable peace, comfort and privacy of a neighbour.'

And that doesn’t include evidence of inferred damage to the property.

The upshot is - if there are multiple breaches - the tenant/s can be evicted.

It’s social media, not anti-social media.