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Grither
06-03-2001, 05:49 PM
A friend of mine recently moved to Renton, WA, and is renting the cutest little house in the world from the local Catholic parish.

Upon perusal, her lease includes the following text (emphasis mine):
Lessee will not make or suffer any unlawful, improper or offensive use of the premises, nor any use which shall be injurious to any person or property; nor shall there be any use of occupancy of the premises that is contrary to the moral and ethical teaching of the Catholic Church; nor shall there be any use or occupancy of the premises contrary to any rule, regulation, statute or ordinance of the United States, the State of Washington, King County or City or City of Renton

So, is the bold text enforceable?

Random
06-03-2001, 07:05 PM
Usual disclaimer: Although IAAL, IANAL in Washington, and no attorney-client relationship is created by this response. If your friend wants to test this clause, he/she should see a local attorney.

That said, it's probably enforceable, unless the particular use is protected by law. There was a case in Illinois a couple years ago where the landlord (who lived on the premises) refused to rent to a tenant-couple who were not married on moral/religious grounds. She was found liable for violation of a law (IIRC, it was an ordinance) that prohibited discrimination based on marital status.

In most cases though, the clause would be enforced, in my opinion. The exception in the previous paragraph is narrower that it might seem. For example, the First Amendment and most other Constitutional restrictions don't apply to private tranactions, and the law mentioned in the example is not common. If your friend wants to set up a commercial internet sexcam, she should probably find herself another house.

Sunspace
06-03-2001, 09:33 PM
A commercial sexcam would probably require commercial zoning, or at least dual live/work zoning. But forget the sexcam: does this mean the landlord wouldn't rent to Muslims, Mormons, Pagans, or Presbyterians?

Yes, I read that the landlord was the Catholic parish.

Chronos
06-03-2001, 11:12 PM
But forget the sexcam: does this mean the landlord wouldn't rent to Muslims, Mormons, Pagans, or Presbyterians?No problem, so long as they behave themselves... Or rather, do what the Catholic Church considers "behaving themselves". Of course, the Latter-Day Saints and the Islamic religion both have stricter moral/ethical standards, for the most part, than the Catholic church, so there shouldn't be a problem there. In other words, most things that Catholics would consider forbidden, the LDS and Muslims would also consider forbidden.

Phobos
06-04-2001, 08:30 AM
Originally posted by Grither
So, is the bold text enforceable?


Probably, since your friend signed the lease.

Finagle
06-04-2001, 01:55 PM
Interesting. I wonder if you break the rules whether they can still evict you if you go to confession. Technically, I would guess that counts as playing under the rules of the church.

"Hey, I know I ate meat on Fridays, but I did my five Hail Marys. Why is all my furniture out on the curb?"