Regardless of her boyfriend’s circumstances or the fact that the landlord was not on the premises, having her boyfriend move in with her was not only unethical, but also a breach of contract.

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hen Myra agreed to sign a lease for her residence, she agreed to a contract between herself and the landlord. Regardless of her boyfriend’s circumstances or the fact that the landlord was not on the premises, having her boyfriend move in with her was not only unethical, but also a breach of contract. In 1973, a committee drafted a proposal of a Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. In this proposal, it was stated that a landlord had the right to set specific rules regarding how the rental space was used and occupied by the tenant (Subcommittee, 1973). Therefore, the landlord can make any rules he wants and the tenant must abide by them if they agree and sign the lease. Myra is being unethical because she is going against a key principle agreement set forth in her signed lease. Tyra has every right to report this behavior to the landlord for the simple reason that it is not fair to the other tenants who are abiding by the landlord’s rules. As the discussion question noted, Tyra’s best friend had a similar situation to Myra’s however because of the rules in the signed lease agreement, he did not allow his girlfriend to move in with him. Therefore, Myra is not only disregarding her agreement with her landlord, but she is showing a blatant disregard for her neighbors within the building by disobeying the rules. This is not a situation where the rule only applied to Myra, this was a building-wide rule that is being followed by everyone except Myra. This makes it seems as if Myra is above her neighbors and feels as if she can do whatever she wants. The stakeholders in this situation would be Myra, Byron, the landlord, and all of the other tenants within the building. If this rule-breaking behavior were to continue without any repercussions, other tenants might feel as if they could do it too which would create problems for the landlord and those tenants who are following the rules. This also means that the landlord could potentially be covering excess utility bills for additional people that he is unaware are living in the building which could cause him a financial hardship. As for the other tenants, additional people in the building would mean additional garbage in or around the building since more people create more waste. It also could create parking problems for tenants if there is limited space available. Depending on how the building is set up, hot water usage or other utility usage could cause problems for the other tenants in the building. The goal of have the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, or more specifically the section regarding rules and regulations, is to allow the landlord to provide a safe, convenient, and hospitable living environment for their tenants (Subcommittee, 1973). Additional occupants in the building might compromise this type of living environment for the other people within the building. There is also the possibility that the landlord would choose to charge an extra amount of rent for additional people within an apartment which means that Myra is effectively stealing money out of his pocket by having Byron leave with her without notifying the landlord.

If a corporation has a security breach that could potentially have an effect on the public such as the release of private information, that corporation has a duty to let the public know. There are laws regarding data breach notification in cases where private personal information has been impacted (Harmon, 2022). In fact, in 2002 California started the ball rolling by enacting a statute that forced any person or business who used computerized data to inform people whose information may have been compromised and since then, all fifty states of instituted some type of law regarding data breach notification (Harmon, 2022). As we become more adapted to using electronic devices and relying on these things for daily use for everything from shopping, organizing our daily lives, banking, and paying bills, we also understand that there will also be the risk of a breach. Therefore, although the customers may be upset, angry, and irritated with a breach, I am not sure they would lose confidence quite like we might have in the past. We can only hope that the companies that have our private information in their records do their best to try to prevent these breaches, however it does seem that the hackers are persistent and some do find their way past the security that is put into place. This type of breach will impact a bottom line for a business for two reasons. One reason will be that the company will lose customers on the basic principle that they are upset and frustrated and will want to blame someone so the company usually takes the fall. However, I do not believe that they will lose as many customers now as they might have ten or fifteen years ago. The second reason would be that the company will need to invest more money to upgrade their security moving forward in order to try to protect their future customer’s information better. Add this cost of upgrade to the cost of cleaning up the original breach and the company will most likely see a good hit to their bottom line.

References:

Subcommittee on the Model Landlord-Tenant Act of Committee on Leases. (1973). Proposed uniform landlord and tenant act. Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, 8(1), 104-143. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20781250.

Harmon, P. (2022). Data breach notification laws and the quantum decryption problem. Washington and Lee Law Review, 79(1), 475-519. https://www.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/data-breach-notification-laws-quantum-decryption/docview/2681520533/se-2 .

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