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Exorbitant 'move out fee' totaling $1,484 prompts a renter to devise a plan to get back at her greedy ex-landlord: 'Nah, go to court'

Another day, another greedy landlord trying to collect.
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Tenant and Landlord team up to take down odious Property Management company, claiming almost $10k in penalties: 'My landlord was on my side during the court hearing'

While renting, it's generally up to your landlord to maintain the premises and repair anything that breaks. But if you've ever dealt with a landlord, you'll know that they're often reluctant to do so, regarding any such request with disdain and thinly veiled hostility and insinuation at the fact that you're somehow responsible for their 20-year-old dishwasher breaking a week after you moved in. So, over time, you get in the habit of just doing things yourself, even if they're not your responsib…
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'We moved out without telling them': Intrusive landlord enforces monthly inspections, tenants move out, forcing him to scramble

'We moved out without telling them': Intrusive landlord enforces monthly inspections, tenants move out, forcing him to scramble

Apartment drama is one of the few conflicts we can all relate to. Most adults starting out in their early twenties have had to deal with abysmal living situations. That could be nightmare roommates, noisy neighbors, unlivable conditions, and actively counterproductive landlords. The thing about landlords is they are never present when you need them to be but they are ever-present when they need more money from you. These tenants certainly learned the hard way what can happen when you're living…
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21 Landlord Special Memes for Renters On Their Last Coat of Paint

21 Landlord Special Memes for Renters On Their Last Coat of Paint

So like… Are the roaches the landlord painted over gonna pay rent too or what?
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'The look on her face was PRICELESS': Thieving landlord flabbergasted when an ex-tenant lawfully reclaims his property

Landlords have a nasty little habit of thinking they own you. As a renter, you're obligated to pay their mortgage and puff up a landlord's retirement fund, but at the end of the day, we owe them nothing but what's written on our lease. No landlord is entitled to claim your property–ever.
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'When I moved out they billed me $1500 for breach of contract': Tenants share their landlord horror stories

'When I moved out they billed me $1500 for breach of contract': Tenants share their landlord horror stories

Surviving a terrible landlord at one point in your adult life feels like securing a badge of honor. Sure, everyone has to deal with the usual landlord issues, whether that's an inexplicable rent increase or a refusal to fix an appliance, but there comes a time when your landlord goes too far and you need to stand up for yourself. These landlord horror stories were compiled from the following r/AskReddit thread, and it just goes to show that even if you're a good landlord, stories like this are…
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'The police were also automatically called...': Landlord gets a surprise when they can't disable their tenant's alarm after turning up unannounced and uninvited

One of the core principles of renting a house is that it might be your landlord's house … but you're paying for it to be your home . This is something that gets missed, soaring right over their heads… and smacking into the poorly painted white wall behind them. Of course, there are laws in many (many) places regarding the rights that your landlord has to enter their property, and the rights that you have to privacy. Many jurisdictions will require the landlord, or property manager, to give a ce…
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Tenant buys house from landlord, roommate excitedly announces she's not paying rent and gets evicted: 'She flipped out'

Living with roommates can be tough, even more so when one of the people living there also happens to own the home. They're more than likely to be less tolerant and more particular about having things a certain way and when they want it—even though they're the ones who decided to have roommates for the additional income in the first place. Still, to an extent, it's understandable; nothing in this life is free or comes easy; there's a lot of cost involved when it comes to owning a home. First and…
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‘Free laundry it is…’: Tenant settles the score with entitled landlord after landlord refuses to fix flat and continues to charge a monthly maintenance fee

‘Free laundry it is…’: Tenant settles the score with entitled landlord after landlord refuses to fix flat and continues to charge a monthly maintenance fee

It's critical that you and your landlord get along. Maintaining a positive relationship with your landlord could make or break the rest of your stay at that specific apartment complex. But what if, in spite of all your hard efforts, your landlord still considers you offensive? In the story below, a furious tenant recounts how he's devised the perfect scheme to exact revenge on his entitled landlord. For context, let me say that OP and his partner recently moved into a new apartment building, bu…
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'I countersued': Tenant turns to revenge after failing to wrest his deposit back from a terrible landlord

'I countersued': Tenant turns to revenge after failing to wrest his deposit back from a terrible landlord

Trying to wrest your deposit back from a surly landlord is like trying to convince a dog to give you a share of his dinner. It's not like your landlord is going to growl and potentially bite you… but it's also not entirely out of the question. Regardless, good luck getting much from either; your landlord considered that “deposit” to be his as soon as it hit his bank account. Never mind the fact that the place was in a state and no cleaning was done before you moved in… or the fact that he proce…
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'I stopped paying rent': Tenant gets back at terrible landlord by building a case against them and taking them to court

Renting a home is a challenging experience, living in a place that isn't really your own under some degree of scrutiny from a landlord whose asset you're paying off for them… and that's the situation in the best of circumstances. There are plenty of landlords who won't uphold their basic obligations of maintaining their property to liveable standards, charging you more and more in rent—yet, regarding their tenants as an unfortunate inconvenience to their “investment”—refusing to fix anything wh…
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'Needless to say, they didn't get their deposits back': 30+ terrible tenants, according to their landlords

It's customary to blame the landlord in most rental apartment disputes, but every so often, you come across a story where the tenant is so outrageous and so out-of-line that you find yourself shockingly siding with the landlord. This is a rare phenomenon, one that I have rarely come across in my own life. Occasionally, you hear stories of people who impulsively paint their walls against their landlord's wishes, but you rarely hear about the tenants who cause $80K in property damage because they…
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Tenant Makes Their Money-grubbing Landlord Lose $9,000 When They Raise Rent by $150 After Bragging About Their Excessive Wealth

Being a renter feels like you're perpetually stuck under the foot of the 1%. As you watch your paycheck drain from your bank account into your landlord's every month, it's tough not to feel a certain resentment and resistance to their wealth, since it's you who's paying their restaurant bills, buying their cars, and giving them the means to install indoor pools in their second home in Tahoe. But what if there was a way to get back at your greasy, slime-ball of a landlord?
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'I planted them all over': Tenant gets back at bad landlord by planting bamboo around their apartment

If there's one thing that can wreck a homeowner's day, it's bamboo. I had a coworker way back who bought a house where—unbeknownst to him—the previous owner had planted bamboo next to the house alongside their deck. From the day I got to know him until the day I left that job, he was constantly battling that blasted plant, having to crawl in and under their low-lying deck structure to keep it from spreading and out of the foundations of the house. The bamboo was his nemesis, the Joker to his Ba…
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'Park anywhere you want': Tenant sues landlord and wins after landlord tries to keep security deposit over parking dispute

'Park anywhere you want': Tenant sues landlord and wins after landlord tries to keep security deposit over parking dispute

Landlords seem genetically engineered to find all the possible ways to get as much money out of their tenants as possible. The problem for them is they have to be just as careful about what they say because smart tenants can and most definitely will use their words against them when the time is right. Here we have a silly landlord who told their tenant they could park wherever they wanted and then later tried to keep their security deposit because he told them that their parking spot had damage…
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'You'd be losing money!': Real estate agent landlord increases rent $500, tenant costs him $20k years later

There are few people you can truly trust in this world… and none of them are real estate agents or landlords. Two groups of people who make a name and a living for themselves by carving the flesh off of the unsuspecting. They'll stop at nothing to ensure they always walk away on top and with some extra coin in their pocket. So, it's unsurprising that a real estate agent who also landlords their own properties might be a little unethical and uncaring when it comes to profit-seeking and the fatte…
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