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.
Landlords are often seen as the bad guy, always ruining a good time or getting frustrated with your tenants. And why do they keep bugging me about rent every single month?!
They play multiple roles.
Sometimes, they feel like a parent. Other times, they feel like a cop. After these stories, you can see how in most cases, they have to be the good guy and the bad guy.
It really is not all fun and games.
It’s a messy job and not everyone can do it. If you were ever thinking of being a landlord before, these next few stories might convince you otherwise. Some landlords on Reddit decided to share their weirdest experiences and they did not hold back on the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly.
The infamous gap.
My neighbours rented their place. They decided to do some reno(vation)s without notifying the landlord. He’s a cool dude, and I don’t think he would have minded too much, but these were serious renos. My neighbors knocked out a wall, added a patio, before rupturing a pipe. That’s when we found out they had hired friends to do all the work and were “fixing” the house with plywood they got from the dump. The space between the patio and the back wall included a 75 cm gap, which they said just to jump over. They have three-year-old twins.
Taking renovations into your own hands, usually a bad idea.
Here’s just a life tip: call a professional. Your landlord will usually hate you if you try to fix something on your own. That’s just a fact.
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.
Maybe this guy shouldn’t be handling this equipment.
Hijacking electricity is pretty dangerous. I can’t tell if this guy is completely clueless or a mad genius for stealing other people’s electricity.
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.
That’s a pretty sketchy business.
How did he get those dogs in there without anyone seeing? I have a lot of questions for this dude. Also, he’s a terrible person for trapping those poor dogs. Evict his crazy butt ASAP.
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.
They must have something against doors.
A door must have hurt them seriously in their past for them to take out all of their anger on every door in the house.
Blazing bacon grease.
My parents owned an apartment building for 35 years. We’ve had both great and terrible tenants. About 6 months after they sold it, a tenant was smoking on the wooden patio on the upper level. He threw the lit cigarette into a bucket of discarded bacon grease and used lard, it lit up the roof immediately and the whole building burned up. Everyone got out alive.
That person is an entire idiot.
First of all, get rid of that bacon grease. That’s just disgusting. Second, you’re disgusting. You lit an entire building on fire and could have killed everyone!
The paranoid cousin.
One of the worst experiences I’ve had was when I had to kick my cousin out who was living in the house for years for half the rent I usually charge and he knew he would never get a better deal elsewhere for a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom house close to the school where his kids go. I had given him ample time to move out since I wanted to sell it but when a potential buyer wanted to inspect it, he called the police on the real estate agent. Fortunately, I was there at the time to sort it out but I’ve never had police come over before.
When the family’s involved, it’s complicated.
You’d think you’d be able to trust your own family, but when you’re related to the landlord, it might not be as ideal as you think.
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.’
You should just break up already.
This couple is not the brightest and definitely not the cleanest. Do your landlord a favor and just break up already.
The demanding hoarder.
My friend had a tenant who was a hoarder and she wouldn’t let him in to look at a leaking pipe (she had installed another lock) but wanted him to pay for someone to come and fix it. He just called the cops and said something along the lines of “my tenant has locked me out of my property”. She was forced to let him in and eventually got evicted but took 2 months to move out and did not pay rent the last 2 months either and, AND demanded her deposit back after causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to the place.
This guy needs to calm down.
The cops better arrest this dude so he can take his drama with him. Ain’t no landlord got time for that!
Don’t be fooled by college girls.
A group of college girls who were just… nasty. After they left, went in to find not only food left out that were probably in the process of evolving legs. And a used Nuva Ring in the fridge. Yep. A used Nuva Ring, the contraceptive ring you put up your hooha. The fridge itself was so bad (somehow lasagna and other nameless substances being stuck to the sides, green, blue, black, pink with mold–like a Monet painting but somehow less impressive) that instead of trying to clean it, I threw it out and got a new one.
I am appalled and offended.
These girls should be ashamed. I definitely threw up in my mouth while reading this.
That crazy lady.
I do maintenance for a bunch of apartments. A lot of crazies live there. One lady has all her walls covered in neatly taped pieces of paper with numbers and writing on them. She also wears a garbage bag as a hat when it’s cold and socks on her hands. There are is also a literal inch of dust from tissues next to her tissue box.
She knows something we don’t.
I can see the socks on the hands as somewhat understandable…but the garbage bag on the head?
She must be preparing for something we don’t know about.
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.
I’d like to have a word with this woman.
I will ruin her. This girl deserves some serious punishment.
Breaking Bad IRL.
Friend of mine rented to people who ran a meth house. His house was closed off with hazmat stuff. Insurance wouldn’t cover it. He had to pay thousands of dollars to clean the walls, have it repainted, everything out of the building, new flooring, and more.
It’s not like the movies, people.
Breaking Bad needs a “please do not try this at home” warning at the beginning of the show because some people saw it as inspiration for their new home decor.
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.
Fire doesn’t fix anything!
You can’t bring fire to a knife fight–everyone will lose.
The rollerblading kid.
Nice people, but they let their kid roller-blade in their apartment, which was just above mine, and would not stop despite my requests. When I did not renew their lease, they were surprised.
Rollerblades are not meant for the house.
Mostly because people can barely do it outdoors. But let’s just leave it for the streets.
The high neighbors.
This happened a couple years ago. Our tenants decided that it would be cool if they grew marijuana in our house, before it became legal. To do this, they destroyed our AC and installed heatlamps to grow the weed 24/7. Now, we had like monthly checkups on our house. The first thing we noticed was that the AC was not working in specific rooms. We hired a guy to fix them (as it was our house, and thought it wasn’t their fault). Apparently, they would destroy the AC right after we fixed them.
Maybe take that business elsewhere.
You really can’t hide the weed farm in your kitchen, so you might as well just grow it elsewhere. Your landlord has eyes everywhere, so good luck trying to hide something like an in-home dispensary.
The goat lady.
She had been keeping a goat in the laundry room! Even the ceiling was brown…She left the place with heaps of trash. We found a mother cat with kittens abandoned on a sofa in the living room. (She was a veterinary assistant who had come with references from the vet. Geeez.)
Don’t take your work home with you.
Just do everyone a favor and leave your work at the office. You don’t need to bring back some goats with you to prove to everyone you’re a veterinarian.
Well, now we know.
I will never underestimate how stressful their work is ever again–their life can be absolutely chaotic. Your landlord is just a human, a human who’s seen some crazy things in their life and deserves a little mercy.
Show your landlord some love.
Hopefully, never experience stories like this of your own!
But not all tenants are bad, sometimes it’s the landlord…