Landlords are notoriously horrible. Whether they’re downright mean and nasty or just kind of odd and into weird stuff, practically everyone has a bonkers landlord story ready to go at a moment’s notice.
That’s why, when Twitterer Rob Manuel asked people to share their worst experiences with landlords, he got more than 400 responses. These are the craziest ones.
“Uh, I mean, *high-pitched fake voice* Hello, this is Amelia, Mark’s assistant. How may I help you?”
Here’s the thing: If you complain about a problem, then it definitely exists. If you don’t complain, you live in squalor and your landlord doesn’t have to deal with it. Which option is better? Definitely B (if you’re the landlord, that is).
Dust! On attic stairs! What a BS thing to try and charge someone for. Have you ever met an attic stair that wasn’t covered in dust? No, you have not.
Unless there’s a clause in your lease that states that you can’t have underwear on the floor (and if there is, run in the opposite direction), this is wholly unacceptable.
Ah yes, the ‘ol “I lost everything and now I have to kick you out” bit. Happens to the best of us, by the worst of us (landlords). This is a case for buying your own place if I ever heard one.
“Um, who are you?”
“Hello! I’m Jim. I live here.”
“You’re sitting on my sofa. And that’s my TV. And those are my socks!”
What is with landlords thinking they can rent out portions of apartments that they’ve already rented out to people?! There has to be some sort of law against that.
Yeah, it’s bad that the landlord let himself into his tenant’s flat without warning, but I simply cannot deal with the fact that he had a little bogger just hanging out of his nose at all times. No thank you.
Could you imagine?! You would feel crazy. I do not want to be gaslighted by my own landlord. What a crazy day those people must have had. I wonder if they thought they were living in a parallel dimension because that’s immediately what I would have assumed.
Well, this escalated quickly!
Most stories are like “Oh, he was cranky” or “Oh, they never responded to messages” but this landlord actually murdered his wife.
It can’t get any worse than this, can it?
This is incredible. I have so many questions.
Did the landlord just not realize that the family he’d rented the place to was Asian? Why did he think they were “illegal”? He was probably racist.
Landlords should win awards for how good they are at avoiding their tenants when they’re in dire need of assistance. It’s one thing to avoid a tenant. It’s another to accuse him of attacking a plumber that never showed up. And it’s beyond the pale to lock your tenant in the apartment! Not OK.
Call me crazy, but as a tenant, I’d rather not live in a place owned by someone who had a hit out on him. I just don’t think that would be very peaceful or nice.
OK I’m not sure if this story is real, but after reading all these others, I’m also not entirely sure it’s not real. Landlords are capable of some nasty crap (literally and figuratively).
Well, that’s certainly one way to ruin Christmas. But in the spirit of the holiday season, just be grateful that you are merely kicked out of a house and not financially broken because you’ve given all your money to a cult.
This is insane. Halloween decorations can’t be responsible for bringing bad spirits into a house, unless of course they are haunted Halloween decorations that were once owned by a small orphan and OH NO this person definitely cursed that house.
Some landlords think that because they technically own the place, it’s technically OK to go into places they’ve rented out and use things that aren’t theirs. If there are any landlords reading this, please know that this is like a million percent not OK.
I do feel bad for the landlord who locked herself in the bathroom, but I hope she learned her lesson and decided to hire someone to take care of it.
I know we make a lot of jokes here, but carbon monoxide poisoning is no joke. At all. And any landlord who says you’re being “nasty” when you are actually dying should be put in jail.
This is a big old NOPE.
You do not forfeit your right to privacy when you lease an apartment or a house from someone. That’s so creepy! Landlords, be better!