For many, it would probably be enough to force us out of our apartment.
So when Twitter user, Rachel Bell shared a paper posted to her building stating that her rent was going up 10% because of a bible verse, the internet was understandably freaked out.
I mean, how can she joke at a time like this?
DID MY LANDLORD JUST TRY TO USE THE BIBLE TO RAISE MY RENT…LMAOOOO https://t.co/1NtweY35yb— rachel bell (@rachel bell)1566497856.0
The full image uses clip art and states the increase.
On the flyer it says,
"Attn: All Tenants
Effective October 1, 2019 rent will increase 10% on all units according to Numbers 18:21."
Numbers 18:21-32 has to do with tithes for the Levites. Tithing itself is effectively a tax of 10 percent, which is likely where the landlord got that number.
What the heck?
This has to be illegal right?
Greed is a sin, right? https://t.co/y8UOVhrfHK— Michelle (@Michelle)1566902495.0
@Just_Abbey @dubstep4dads i think landlord meant to cite Numbers 18:26 “When you receive from the Israelites the ti… https://t.co/pVabdPJZz0— rachel bell (@rachel bell)1566498224.0
@0oiiiiio0 @racheltacobell Same— Gumball ( NINTENDO WON E3 AGAIN🌟) (@Gumball ( NINTENDO WON E3 AGAIN🌟))1566663794.0
Luckily, it is in fact illegal.
Rachel works for a real estate startup called Flip. She runs the social media content for the business and is well versed in leasing laws.
She wrote a post where a woman named Rachel asks about a shady situation with her landlord. Luckily for Rachel, Rachel was able to answer her own question.
It basically comes down to your lease.
The whole point of a lease is an exchange. The landlord doesn't randomly increase your rent, and you agree to live in the house for a set period of time.
The religious aspect is extra illegal, since the Federal Fair Housing Act prevents discriminating against renters on the basis of religion.
@tailsteak @racheltacobell @TenderBeefsteak I'd love to only pay 10% of my income as rent. I'd start pretending to… https://t.co/Lh3g9InW6W— Rabbit (@Rabbit)1566505872.0
@racheltacobell Yet I’m the bad guy??— Satan (@Satan)1566505348.0
@Cosmotiger02 @racheltacobell @DavidKaib Can confirm, was the move.— Staci (@Staci)1566523450.0
This all feels really serious.
Probably more serious than if you accidentally slept with your new landlord. So why is Rachel laughing this off and acting like it isn't a big deal?
Because in this situation, it isn't.
Rachel and her landlord Bruce have a very fun relationship and play pranks on each other. Some of their interactions have even gone viral.
Remember the viral image about the landlord who allowed a cat because it looked 'polite'?
That was Bruce.
That said, it's understandable why people got upset on behalf of Rachel when they saw this. Randomly increasing rent by 10% and giving a really flimsy justification feels like something a less scrupulous landlord would do.
So when Rachel revealed that this was just a joke on Bruce's part, people weren't buying it.
@Scorpion737373 @kay_fil @racheltacobell Also he wasn’t mad and was laughing actually.— Ryan (@Ryan)1566533951.0
@bdsmarxist @racheltacobell This is revenge prank he was made into meme— Moonbeam (@Moonbeam)1566514696.0
People are going to constantly question the motives of landlords and they may be right to do so. But at least Rachel can have a laugh with her 'best landlord ever'.
In the meantime, I need to go brush up on my bible in case I find a similar note on my door soon.
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