Landlords have a pretty tough job. They deal with loud parties, late rent, smelly tenants, and giant holes in the wall from who knows what. If you have good tenants, then yes, life as a landlord is good and easy. But we do not live in a perfect world and sometimes tenants can be the absolute worst. You just never know what you're going to get in the game of roommate roulette.
Landlords are labeled as strict, serious characters in movies and TV shows, but in reality, they are just people trying to do their job and get all the business taken care of. But, after hearing these landlord horror stories, I can understand why some of them may act a little tense.
From things like lighting an entire building on fire to having goats in the bathroom to breeding huskies in the house, landlords have seen it all and lived to tell the story. Landlords are modern day heroes who collect money and handle drama and business. It's all in a day's work.
Being a landlord is not an easy job.
They play multiple roles.
It really is not all fun and games.
The infamous gap.
A truly shocking electrician.
My parents rented an apartment at a very reasonable rate to an electrician in return for him doing minor maintenance.
The guy somehow rewired the incoming electricity so that it came from our parents' electric meter instead of his. Their bill shot up over double (almost triple!) - and he claimed to know nothing about it.
The mysterious dog-breeder.
I managed a 6 unit apartment building at one point and the person who moved in the 3rd floor was an absolute nightmare...I couldn't get access to and none of the other residents ever saw the guy. They knew he was up there because of the noise and more importantly, the smell. Eventually, I got him out.
When I went in there the smell was almost overwhelming. Turns out he was breeding huskies in the apartment. 5 months, breeding huskies, never taking them out, never taking the garbage out.-Disgruntled_Viking
The door smashers.
Parents rented a 5 bed 2 bath house when we temporarily moved away. They had it for 2 years. They broke every door. Not even the attic door was undamaged. It was literally a painted piece of plywood.
Neighbors all installed privacy fences after the renters were held at gunpoint by cops too many times in the backyard. They stopped paying rent and still thought they'd get the deposit back when they left.-Closecalllynn
Blazing bacon grease.livelife0911
The paranoid cousin.
The bed bug boyfriend.
My husband manages student residence for a university, so he's a quasi-landlord. He recently had to treat a students' residence for bedbugs, again. They usually ask if they think they're being brought in by someone else, being the second time treating for bedbugs the question gets asked again.
'Would my girlfriend staying over be the issue? Her apartment has bedbugs.'-ViralKira
The demanding hoarder.citizen42701
Don't be fooled by college girls.lunchesandbentos
That crazy lady.BrigandsYouCanHandle
The worst kind of person.
In an apartment complex, a girl hadn't paid her rent for the month. Sent her a bunch of notices...no response. We go in after the allotted time to make sure she's not dead and see if she's just abandoned the property (a more likely scenario, thankfully). We walk in and the place has been cleared out except for trash everywhere and a destroyed futon laying upside down in the living room. We walk in and here comes, running, a bone-thin black lab puppy. He is literally so excited to see us.
The POS girl just left her puppy in the abandoned apartment without any food or water except a torn to shreds bag of dog food and a licked clean bucket of water.-out_of_sqaure
Breaking Bad IRL.krispykremedonuts
A crazy knife fight.
There was a 20 something girl whose boyfriend went to prison. When he got out, he went straight back to her apartment to find her sleeping with another guy. The 2 guys started fighting with knives, and the new one got stabbed and the girl ran into the bathroom to call the police. New boyfriend ran away, and an old boyfriend took a can of gas and spilled it all over the floor. He set it on fire and ran away, trying to kill the girl, but luckily she managed to run out, although she was pretty badly burned. The whole place ended up burning down, but luckily everyone was fine and insurance covered it.-TheKoolKidzKlub
The rollerblading kid.Osiris62
The high neighbors.AllLag
The goat lady.beyondtheridge
The lizard guy.My stepmother had owns a few units as well. She has some stories. The best was the guy with probably 14 lizard tanks in a one bedroom apartment. They were all heated. She had wondered why that unit used so much energy. -Ice_Burn
The greasy tenant.I don't know how he did it, but after some 'student' moved out the whole kitchen was covered w about an inch-thick layer of grease. -Bolzenschneider
An overall nightmare.
I have 3 townhomes I rent out. We have a company that manages them so I don’t have to deal with people. One tenant, we rented to because of a sob story...
We had to have a plumber our several times because of so much hair down the drain. We had to replace the brand new stove because they kept setting it on fire. Their kids drew on the walls, in pen, paint, and markers.-nooneuknow42