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10+ Landlords Share Tenant Horror Stories

10+ Landlords Share Tenant Horror Stories

We've all heard plenty of stories about shady landlords, but what about when the tables are turned? It's hard to remember that there are some landlords out there that are just regular people and that there are some tenants out there who are to blame for ridiculous living situations. Sure, sometimes it's the landlord who ignores a tenant's pleas to fix a serious roach infestation or to solve a roof leakage issue (yes, these are all things that happened to yours truly). However, every so often, t…
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'I cost the property management company over $500k': Property owner gets back at scammy apartment management company for messing with his tenants

It's not often you'll find people rooting for landlords; there's not exactly anything about a group of people who have a reputation for milking their tenants for cash, increasing rent for improvements and repairs that they never actually completed, and taking deposits with little-to-no justification, that inspires people to root for them. It's worth recognizing, though, that this generalization doesn't remotely cover every landlord out there. There are plenty of landlords out there who are rent…
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'Every day I took something away': Landlord rents room in his house to tenant, tenant keeps inviting guests over, landlord gets back at him

'Every day I took something away': Landlord rents room in his house to tenant, tenant keeps inviting guests over, landlord gets back at him

This landlord turned a sweet deal into a living nightmare.
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'This is a typo!': New York landlord tries to strictly uphold the terms of lease, backfires

When you make the decision to brutally and strictly enforce the rules of a written agreement—almost to the point of spite—you'd better make darn sure that you've thoroughly reviewed that agreement yourself. If you want a strict interpretation of something, you'll get it, and anything that wasn't intended to be in there in the first place is fair game. This is your game, don't fault your intended victim for playing it too. Predatory practices from landlords are incredibly common in certain commu…
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Tenant Gets £2000 Stolen When the Landlord Gives Burglars a Key to Her Apartment; the Whole Internet Rallies to Bring Justice

Getting robbed is a traumatizing experience. Not only was the privacy of your home violated, but there's also a sense of trust in humanity that gets extinguished. In this case, a tenant who had had it with their living situation was on the verge of moving out when her landlord did the unthinkable.
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'My landlords have moved in': Tenant lets landlords stay in her apartment one day, turns into all month

'My landlords have moved in': Tenant lets landlords stay in her apartment one day, turns into all month

Landlords may be known for their shady practices, but a full-on role-reversal situation is not what we're accustomed to… Before we get into this new drama, let's all take a moment to acknowledge that landlords simply should not be able to get away with most of their ridiculous antics. Whether it's raising the rent well above market value and refusing to negotiate or whether it's refusing to acknowledge your fifth email this month about the roach problem and the need for a major roof repair, we…
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'I took detailed pictures and videos of the apartment when I moved in': Landlord demands extra month's rent on move out, tenant shuts them down

It's unacceptable for landlords, or anyone really, to behave dishonestly in order to extort others from their hard earn cash. Unfortunately, the tenancy and leasing process leaves a lot of grey areas where landlords can do exactly that. Seriously, who thought it was a good idea for there to be a part of the tenancy process where the landlord gets to hold onto a sizable chunk of the tenant’s change and then gets to decide whether or not they want to keep it at the end of the tenancy? That’s like…
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Top Roommate Stories of the Week (June 29, 2023)

Top Roommate Stories of the Week (June 29, 2023)

They say having a bad roommate builds character.
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'Send us a check': Landlord refuses to take $0.02 payment in cash, tenant maliciously complies

'Send us a check': Landlord refuses to take $0.02 payment in cash, tenant maliciously complies

Insisting on adherence to process when it does nothing but create an inconvenient obstacle is a tactic that the power-hungry love to wield like a fork at Sunday dinner—and I'm not saying they only use it once a week, but rather that they do so with ravenous vigor. It's silly, really, that someone should make such a big deal out of nothing—but trust anyone who is desperate to justify their existence in this world to do so. When this couple moved from their apartment complex, they received a foll…
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Top Landlordiest Landlords Leeching Their Tenants This Week (June 16, 2023)

Landlords are the worst. Those monopolizers that took over entire neighborhoods to exploit us poor folks keep taking two-week vacations instead of fixing the dang toilet seat like we asked them to a month ago. Obviously for most landlords, renters and their well-being is an afterthought. It doesn't matter if there's paint over the door hinges or mold growing in the bathroom, as long as they get that check every month.
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'It's a weird thing for my landlord to ask me': Renter conflicted over landlord's request for her to care for his kids indefinitely

'It's a weird thing for my landlord to ask me': Renter conflicted over landlord's request for her to care for his kids indefinitely

One landlord's plan is so strange that this woman turned to the internet to figure out what she should do. As u/ismylandlordweird wrote to r/AmItheA**hole, her landlord has suddenly put her in an incredibly awkward situation. The OP shared that she has been living in the basement of a family's home. She got along well with them at first, writing that she mainly keeps to herself. But then suddenly, the landlord left the country , claiming he had a parent who needed urgent care. At first, he brou…
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UPDATE: 'This is my property': Tenants stop paying rent after landlords fail to do repairs, tenants win in lawsuit

Every so often, you come across a landlord tale that actually turns out alright for the tenant in the end. This update was posted to Reddit's r/LandlordLove subreddit by u/Upbeat-Poem-1284 , who shared that after putting in several requests for almost a year and after several attempts at completing those repairs went wrong (see the original poster for details), the Redditor and their roommate decided to stop paying rent. According to OP, it is within the tenant's rights in their city to withhol…
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30+ Funniest Memes of Landlords Landlording

It's funny because it's true.
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'The judge ruled in our favor': New landlord demands existing tenants revert house and garden to original state, tries to sue them when he sees the barren wasteland of his own making

Some people's pursuit of unchecked control and profit causes them to make shortsighted blunders. At least their own greed and stupidity are holding them back because these people's constant manipulation of legal loopholes and leeching off societal virtue means that they otherwise are getting a leg up on the rest of us. Enter stage right: Landlords—a group infamous for their corner-cutting, profit-seeking, and below-the-belt tactics. It should be no surprise that a landlord made such a decidedly…
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'I countersued': Vindictive landlord tries to charge tenant over their deposit, loses big

If there's one thing that makes landlords drool, it's finding a way to keep your deposit—not that they'll actually use that money to fix anything before the next tenant moves in… Hell, the next tenant will be lucky if even their move-in cleaning fee actually gets used to clean the place up before they arrive. (It wouldn't be the first time a cleaning fee ended up in a landlord's pocket.) When things get ugly in a landlord-tenant relationship, it's always going to be the deposit that gets held o…
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'They tried to nickel and dime me': Tennant ditches out on lease because of dodgy landlord and their cheap tactics

One of the best parts about renting is when you wind up trapped in a terrible house with a useless slug-like landlord, contractually obligated to continue paying a real-life Jabba the Hutt a (significant) portion of your paycheck. At the same time, they do little to ensure they're delivering you a marketable and inhabitable product. In most places, there's only an escape from this entrapment with arduous process or extreme circumstances. Since the landlord often holds a hefty security deposit o…
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