I’ve written a lot about how California is doing its level best to scare away every business in the state. Now you can add a paragraph about what they are doing to scare away every RESIDENT in the state.
I just got a new apartment. Yes, at the end of August I will be moving from [UNDISCLOSED LOCATION A] to sunny [UNDISCLOSED LOCATION B]. It’s a great place, and up until half an hour ago – when I went in to sign the lease agreement – I was really excited about it.
Not anymore. Here are some of the clauses I had to agree to (and I hope you’re sitting down!)
NO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ON PREMISES. Well! There goes the meth lab AND the underage Vietnamese prostitution ring. How am I supposed to make my rent when the lease for that very apartment forbids me from making any money?
ALLOWS LANDLORD TO ENTER THE APARTMENT WITHOUT NOTICE IN THE CASE OF FLOOD, BLOOD OR DEATH. Okay, great! So now what they’re saying is that a man does not have a right to keep dead bodies in the privacy of his own apartment? This used to be a free country. Statists!
TERRORISM NOT ALLOWED ANYWHERE ON PROPERTY. Okay, let me see if I have this straight: they’re saying that if I fly a guy in from Yemen, let’s say, on my own dime, and I train the guy in my own private apartment on flight simulators that I paid for with my own hard-earned money… and then that guys goes off and flies a jet into a building I could lose my apartment? Just like that?
I’ll tell you what I told them: you wanna put these kind of anti-business, anti-freedom clauses in your lease, California, you need to advise the renter about them before they write you the deposit.
If you want to see how California is chasing business away, you can watch this: