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“S.O.S. Out with the Mess!” Contest Rules

ForRent.com is on the hunt to find the Nation’s messiest apartment! Send us a photo of the most disheveled space in your home, and you could win $3,000! Use the money to get a maid, buy storage systems, even buy new furniture, or do whatever you need to do to give your apartment a facelift!

Five Semifinalists will be selected and then it’s up to you and other ForRent.com® enthusiasts to vote for the messiest and most disorganized apartment. The person submitting the winning photo will receive $3,000 and four Finalists will each receive $500 each.

How it works 

  • Submit your photo by sending them to our  Facebook® Business Page at https://www.facebook.com/aptsforrent between April 2, 2012 and April 23, 2012.
  • Judges will then select five Semifinalists.
  • ForRent.com enthusiasts (that’s you!) will vote for their favorite photo between April 23- April 30, 2012 through the contest tab on https://www.facebook.com/aptsforrent’s Facebook® Business Page.
  • The winners will be announced on or around April 30, 2012.

Keep up with the latest news about the contest, as well as new entries on ForRent.com’s Facebook page!

Please see below for the complete contest rules.



CONTEST DATES. ForRent.com’s S.O.S. Out with the Mess! Photo Contest (the “Promotion”) begins at 09:01:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (”EDT”) on April 2, 2012 and ends at 9:00 a.m. Eastern DaylightTime (”EDT”) on April 30, 2012 (the “Promotion Period). The Promotion Period consists of three phases as set forth below:
Phase One – Photo Submission Phase, starts at 09:01 a.m. EDT April 2, 2012 and ends at 09:00 a.m. EDT  on April 23, 2012.
Phase Two – Judges select top five (5) as Semifinalists on or around April 23, 2012.
Phase Three – ForRent.com enthusiasts (that’s you!) vote for your favorite photo beginning at 09:01:00 a.m. EDT on April 23, 2012 until 9:00 a.m. on April 30, 2012. One (1) Grand prize winner will be selected based off the highest total votes the photo received. Four (4) Finalists will be selected based off the second, third, fourth, and fifth highest votes. The winners will be announced on or around April 30, 2012.

PROMOTION ELIGIBILITY. ForRent.com’s S.O.S. Out with Mess Photo Contest (the “Promotion”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are age eighteen (18) or older (or the age of majority in their state or residence) as of April 2, 2012. Residents of the state of Rhode Island are not eligible to win. A person who complies with all the eligibility rules shall be referred to as “Entrant.” Employees and their immediate family (parent, child, sibling or spouse of each) and individuals residing in the same household (whether or not related) of ForRent.com (”Sponsor”), For Rent Media SolutionsTM,(“Sponsor”), United Advertising Publications, Inc., or Dominion Enterprises, and any of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all other entities or individuals associated with the development, administration, or fulfillment of the Promotion (collectively, the “Entities”) are not eligible to participate in this Promotion. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. This Promotion consists of a contest of skill (the “Contest”).

AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES. By participating in the Promotion, Entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors and/or Administrator and/or Judges, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. The award of a prize is contingent upon Entrant complying with all conditions and fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.


THE CONTEST OF SKILL. Your photo must demonstrate the messiness and disarray in your place, and it must comply with the following requirements to be eligible:

1)    Submit your photo by uploading them to ForRent.com’s Facebook Business Page https://www.facebook.com/aptsforrent by April 23, 2012.

2)    In accordance with the website’s supported images, the photo must be submitted as an attachment in one of the following formats: JPEGs (JPG), Non-Animated GIFs or PNGs

3)    The photo must be the original work of the Entrant and Entrant must currently own the photo

4)    The Entrant is limited to submitting one (1) photo for the S.O.S. Out with the Mess Contest

5)    The file size must be no larger than 10MB (Ten Megabytes) in size

6)    The photo may not have won previous awards

7)    The photo may not have been published previously

8)    The photo must not infringe upon the rights of any third-party, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, and rights of publicity and/or privacy

9) The photo must be suitable for publication and may not be violent, immoral, offensive, illegal, pornographic, obscene, indecent or similarly inappropriate as deemed solely by Sponsors

10) The photo may not contain any content that is or may be perceived to be defamatory or that represents the Entities in a negative way or in any manner not consistent with Entities’ brand and/or reputation as deemed solely by Sponsors

11) The photo may not contain any mention, discussion, logo, trademark, service mark, storefront, trade dress, mascot, photograph, or other image of any business or company, other than ForRent.com and/or For Rent Magazine. The photo may not have apartment property names or physically identify an apartment property by depicting their front sign or any other unique identifying feature or distinguishable architecture.

12) The photo may not include the likenesses of any identifiable persons other than the Entrant, unless written permission is obtained by the Entrant

13) The photo cannot be dangerous or unsafe to make or produce, or include activities that are dangerous, unsafe, or present unreasonable risk of harm to person, animal or property, or suggest or imply to any person to undertake any dangerous, unsafe or unduly risky activity as deemed solely by Sponsors

14) The photo may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations. Any photo in violation of any of the above requirements and restrictions will be deemed void. By submitting a photo in the Contest, each Entrant represents and warrants that these requirements have been met. Failure to satisfy these requirements, as determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, may result in ineligibility with respect to all photos submitted by or on behalf of that Entrant.

15) ForRent.com enthusiasts (that’s you!) will vote for your favorite semifinalist between April 23, 2012-April 30, 2012 through the ForRent.com https://www.facebook.com/aptsforrent Facebook Business Page.


ENTRANT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING PERMISSION TO USE THE PICTURE, IMAGE, AND/OR LIKENESS OF ANY THIRD PARTIES SHOWN IN THE PHOTO. Sponsors may request that any such third parties sign a waiver and release prior to the posting of the photo on the Website or the granting of any prize.

Limit one (1) Entry per registered user. Entrants may not enter the Contest with multiple email addresses or under multiple identities.  Incomplete and/or duplicate Entries are not permitted and will be deemed void. The use of any device to automate the entry process is absolutely prohibited, and any such Entries shall be void. Submission of more than one (1) Entry by or on behalf of the same Entrant or use of any device or artifice to circumvent the Official Rules will result in ineligibility with respect to all entries submitted by or on behalf of that Entrant.

USE OF FORRENT.COM TRADEMARKS AND SLOGANS. For the sole purpose of participation and entry in this Promotion, Sponsor will hereby grant each Entrant a non-exclusive, revocable royalty-free license to use the trademarks and copyrights owned by Sponsors in the creation of the Entrant’s photo, subject to the entry restrictions and guidelines contained in these Official Rules. This license extends only to photos submitted to Sponsor in accordance with these Official Rules. This license does not extend to photos created in connection with the Promotion, but not submitted to Sponsors in accordance with these Official Rules. Use of trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property owned by Sponsors in photos or in any other form or media not submitted to Sponsors in connection with this Promotion and in accordance with these Official Rules constitutes an unauthorized use and infringement of the intellectual property rights of the Sponsors. Sponsor will hereby reserve all rights and remedies available to Sponsors at law or in equity to enforce these Official Rules, including, but not limited to, the enforcement of any trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property rights owned by the Sponsors.


SELECTION OF FINALISTS AND WINNERS. At the conclusion of the Promotion Period, Sponsors will post the Grand Prize Winner and Finalists in compliance with the Official Rules on Facebook on or around April 30, 2012. All photos will be reviewed for content before being posted on ForRent.com’s Facebook Business Page. Photos submitted may or may not be removed from the site, in the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsors. Sponsors shall have absolutely no obligation to give feedback or reasoning for why any photo is not posted on the site. Sponsors shall have the sole right to reject or remove a photo from the site at any time. On or about April 23, 2012 Sponsor’s internal review panel will announce the five semifinalists. From April 23 10:01 a.m. EDT to April 30 9:00 p.m. EDT  the public may vote on the finalist photos posted on the site by visiting the ForRent.com’s Facebook Business Page, and following the voting instructions.


CONTEST: Semifinalists’ photos will be selected according to the following judging criteria:

  • 20% Overall quality and appearance of photo
  • 25% Creativity and originality
  • 25% Relevance to contest theme in regards to photo title and description
  • 30% Overall relevance to contest theme of SOS Out with the Mess!

Grand Prize winner will be selected based on receiving the greatest number of votes.  In the unlikely event of a tie, the photo with the earliest upload date will be deemed the Semifinalist, Finalist and/or Grand Prize Winner.

a) Contest Prizes: ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: One winner will receive $3,000. FOUR (4) FINALISTS will be selected based off the second, third, fourth and fifth highest number of votes and will each receive a $500. Approximate Retail Value (”ARV”) of all prizes: $5,000.

For All Prizes:
All federal and state taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners. The winners acknowledge that the prize is taxable and agree to provide information for, and verify by signature, the appropriate IRS and other forms as determined by Sponsor. No transfer, assignment, cash redemption, or substitution of a prize is permitted except that Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to substitute a prize (or portion of a prize) with a prize of comparable or greater value or cash value. In the event that a prize cannot be awarded for any reason or a winner is not capable of redeeming a prize for any reason, Sponsor shall not be obligated to award any prize. If, for any reason, more than the stated number of prizes are available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes in such category by random drawing from among eligible prize claimants in such prize category or in a manner to be determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion.

HOW TO CLAIM PRIZE. Sponsor will reasonably attempt to notify Prize Winners via contact information provided on the entry form. Winners will be required to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and, where lawful, a Liability/Publicity Release within ten (10) business days of receipt of notice of such winning status in order to accept and receive the prize. If the indicated forms are not signed and returned by the time indicated on the documents, or if a Prize Winner does not meet the eligibility criteria, declines the prize, cannot be contacted within the time frames set forth herein, or is otherwise unwilling or unable to comply with these Official Rules, an alternate Prize Winner may be selected at and in a manner to be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.

RIGHTS IN THE PHOTOS. All photos (including all material embodied therein) submitted to Sponsors shall automatically become the sole and exclusive property of Sponsors immediately upon submission. Once a photo has been submitted pursuant to the Promotion, the Entrant may not distribute, disseminate, sell, use, license, or post the photo or any copies thereof in any medium (including other Internet sites) without the prior express written consent of Sponsors, which consent may be withheld in the sole discretion of the Sponsors. Each Entrant, as a condition of participation in the Promotion, hereby grants Sponsors the exclusive, perpetual, worldwide right to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, publish, distribute, and otherwise use (unless prohibited by applicable law) the photo (including all material embodied therein) in any way or in any media now or hereafter known for trade, advertising, promotional, or other purposes as Sponsors determine, in their sole and absolute discretion, without further notice or compensation to the Entrant or any other third parties. Nothing herein shall be construed to require Sponsors to publish, distribute or in any way use the photo (or any of the material embodied therein) should Sponsors in their sole discretion decline to do so.

PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY. Sponsor will collect personal data from Participants, and this information may be used for the purposes of administering the Promotion, publicizing the Promotion, and other promotional purposes that benefit the Sponsor. Unless prohibited by law, participation in the Promotion constitutes each Entrant’s consent for Sponsor to use the Entrant’s name (or username), age, hometown, and state of residence for Promotion or promotional purposes in any media now known or later developed, without payment or consideration to the Entrant. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to ForRent.com and Homes.com and not to Facebook.

Information collected from Entrants and voters is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy available at http://www.dominionenterprises.com/main/do/Privacy_Policy. If you do not wish to receive future offers, notices or other mailings from sponsor, please write to http://www.dominionenterprises.com/main/do/DE_Email_Opt_Out_Form.  Be sure to provide your name, email and specific information about the website or subscription(s) that you no longer wish to receive.  Please allow a few days for your request to be processed. If you “opt out” of receiving further promotional materials or notices, the only communications you will receive from us will be about transactions that you initiate.  By opting-out, residual information may nonetheless remain in our database and other records, which may not be permanently deleted.

GENERAL RELEASE AND WAIVER OF CLAIMS. By entering the Promotion and/or accepting a prize, each Entrant (for himself/herself and his/her heirs) hereby releases and indemnifies Facebook and Sponsor, and all of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and advertising and promotion agencies, (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all claims and liabilities for any loss, harm, damage, or claims related to: (i) publicity and/or privacy rights, defamation, and intellectual property associated with the Entrant or winner’s participation in the Promotion, redemption of any prize in connection with the Promotion, and/or use or misuse of any prize in connection with the Promotion.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY. Neither Sponsor nor any other Releasee shall be responsible for non-conforming, lost, late, stolen, misdirected, illegible, or incomplete entries. Neither Sponsor nor any other Releasee shall be responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Sponsor, Releasees, Entrants, tampering, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion, and neither Sponsor nor any Releasee shall assume responsibility for any error, omission, defect, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to the materials related to the Contest, or for any damage to the Entrant’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Promotion. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the entry process, the voting process, or the operation of the Promotion; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; or to be acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner; or with intent or apparent intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, embarrass, harm, or harass, in any way, any other person. If for any reason the Promotion is not capable of running as planned by reason of, but not limited to, business or market circumstances, force majeure, public health concerns, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, or any other causes which, Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion, deems could corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Promotion, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Promotion or any portion thereof by posting a notice on the websites. If the Promotion or any portion of the Promotion is terminated before the end of the Promotion Period or the Voting Period, Sponsor will select winner from all eligible entries received as of the termination date of the Promotion. All prizes are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.


MISCELLANEOUS. This Promotion will be administered in the State of Virginia, and by participating, all Entrants hereby agree that the laws of the State of Virginia will apply exclusively to the Promotion and that any dispute with respect to this Promotion will be resolved in either the federal or state courts located in the State of Virginia.


DISCLOSURE OF WINNER(S). To receive a list of winners,  Email : contest@forrent.com and/ or, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Amber Heckler, 150 Granby Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 .


SPONSOR: For Rent Media Solutions, 150 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.


ADMINISTRATOR: Amber Heckler and Rebecca Freeman


© 2012 Dominion Enterprises, All Rights Reserved

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  1. Am I allowed to post more than one picture/entry for the Messy Apartment contest?
    • Hi Teresa,
      You aren’t allowed to post more than one photo but your friends and family are more than welcome to enter our contest!

      • Hi Rebecca,
        I just entered the contest, however I noticed that my camera has the incorrect date on it! Do I need to retake and maybe reupload at the moment if you go to properties it shows a 2011 date, I took these pics last night! I dont want this to hurt my chances.
  2. Lexiee Carpenter says:
    I’m just curious. I thought company advertisements and logos couldnt be included in photos and would result in the photo not being selected. Two of the semi-final photos have multiple company logos in them so I was just wondering if they would be disqualified and two new photos put in their place?
    • You are curious and now we are too! We make every effort to manage our contests so that there is full compliance with our rules – we certainly want the rules and the process to be fair. We have looked at the semi-final photos that we have posted for voting, and even if we cross our eyes and squint, we cannot see the “multiple company logos” to which you refer. Before we get eyestrain, can you reach back out to us and let us know what it is that you are seeing? Thanks!

      • Lexiee Carpenter says:
        On one there is HP, UPS, and Coca Cola advertisements and in the other there is Clue, Scene it, and Scattergories.
        • Thank you for getting back with us once again. We now see what you were referring to when you first reached out to us. We have given much thought and consideration to the issue you raised, and believe it to be fair and appropriate that we will be continuing with the 5 selected semi-finalists. Our rationale is that we are looking at the “spirit and intent” of the law rather than the “letter of the law” . (Here when we say “law” we mean, of course, our Rules.) The spirit and intent of our Rules was to ensure that folks did not submit entries that capitalized on, promoted or were disparaging of a particular company, product or brand. We do not believe, therefore, that the visibility of particular products or brands in the various and sundry messes that we reviewed and evaluated (which we did for each and every single mess!) is a violation of the Rule when taken in context with the purpose of the Rule.

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