Tenants in rented accommodation have been left stunned after finding their landlord’s list of eight house rules they describe as “patronising beyond belief”.
A picture of the piece of paper headed ‘Simple house rules’ was shared on Reddit, racking up hundreds of comments as others advised the occupants to “get out ASAP”.
One of the tenants explained that their landlord does not live in the property, but keeps a “hidden locked living room that is ‘his'” at the home, and visits on Saturdays to complete his admin work, Daily Star reports.
The photo of the rules was captioned: “We found our new landlord’s ‘Simple House Rules’ before he’s given them out. We’re all in mid-20s or older.”
No outdoor shoes to be worn upstairs, just indoor shoes.
Any lights which are not in use, can we switch them off. That is, when downstairs cooking and the bedroom lights are left on.
All glass bottles, jars etc should be placed outside in the small green bin.
Always leave the kitchen as clean as you would find it. Clean thoroughly after use.
ONLY touch the heating controls, if the temperature drops to 18 degree C or below. By pressing the heating’s button ONCE, to give an hour’s boost.
No naked flames, to be left unattended. That is candles etc.
NO HOT pots or pans to be placed on the kitchen worksurfaces. Please use metal stand for that purpose.
Please shut gate after entering and leaving house.
The tenant added in the comments: “In all honesty we just find it incredibly patronising. We’re adults and we haven’t displayed any ridiculous behaviour (we all wanted to pay more to be put with actual professionals).
When one person replied to say they didn’t see anything “terribly unreasonable” in the rules, they replied to clarify: “It’s the capacity in which we’re being treated like children. It’s patronising beyond belief.
“We don’t disagree with them, nor have we displayed anything other than these ‘rules’ in our time here.”
The list left others equally bemused, as one joked: “Looks like you’re renting off my dad. Surprised he hasn’t added ‘no one to come in after midnight’.
A second warned: “Mate from someone who’s lived in countless rented properties over the years, get out asap and in the meantime brace yourself for arguments. This is someone who thinks they can rent out a property but still treat it like it’s their home.”
And a third argued: “You’d think these are common sense. But I used to live with a 20+ year old housemate, who never cleaned the kitchen after she used it. Butters the toast and left the crumbs on the work surface. Dirty dishes in the sink.”