Cockroaches are the least of their worries.
Do you rent or own your property?
For the many millions of people who live in apartments, condos, or even homes where they pay rent, the struggle to have a decent, dedicated, and timely landlord is very familiar.
Especially when you’re young or living in a city, your landlord may just have too many other properties to take care of or may only care about the obscene amounts of money they’re making, so you’re broken lock or faulty heat/AC may be the least of their worries.
But have you ever thought about all the problems they’re putting up with?
Though we may usually think about it from the renter’s point of view, the fact of the matter is that there are more tenants than landlords, and they can easily get outnumbered by the shockingly filthy ways some of us live.
From roaches to repairs to outright violence, these stories are a landlord’s worst nightmares!
This happened to my friend’s rental. Guy gets evicted. Instead of trashing the place. This f*cking guy cut off chunks of drywall, put dead fish in the walls, and sealed it back up. Tenant was a carpenter.
The owners couldn’t figure out the smell for weeks. They repainted, got it professionally cleaned a few times, searched endlessly. Eventually, they figured something died in the walls, and started knocking holes in the wall. (LaserBeamsCattleProd)
I have a couple tenant from hell stories.
In 2007, an older couple decided to quit paying their rent, but they had pretty good excuses so I didn’t evict them until after three months of not paying. Finally went down to the court house to file an unlawful detainer on them.
We finally had our day in court. The female who was usually dressed nicely, with fake nails, and an expensive weave showed up looking like an old hag. The guy was using a walker (eye roll- this fucker didn’t need one). They claimed I was a slum lord and never fixed anything, but I had receipts from every repair including a new AC unit.
After I got the judgment against them, I tried to garnish the man’s wages, was told he worked for Coca-Cola Co. Turns out they’d never heard of him, but after a little digging I found out they had both been arrested for selling coke. The officer showed me mugshots dating back to the early 80s! They also stole the refrigerator.
This past summer, I had a family of 7 move into a 5 bedroom house. They paid their deposit and 1st months rent. That’s it. Haven’t seen another dime from them. To top it off, they didn’t get the power switched into their name so I got a $400+ power bill. About a month ago, I called the water company, turns out they never had the water turned on so they have been stealing water. The water company pulled the meter (I’ll be the one paying to have it put back).
When I gave a 24 hour notice to do a walk through (with the police present), the woman answered the door told me, “You can’t come in, and we’ll get out when you follow all the procedures and the sheriff kicks us out”.
I think they’ve done this before. (MClovechild)
My dad owns quite a few apartment buildings throughout Colorado. One summer while I was in college, he was between managers for one of his 80 unit properties, so I acted as the stand-in manager until he hired a new manager. I can’t say she was a ‘worst tenant’ per say, but I definitely have a few funny stories surrounding one woman named Kate:
One day we were served a notice that Kate was taking us to small claims court. Why? Because her in unit washing machine was not working. Had she reported the problem to management? Nope. The maintenance man and I entered the unit that afternoon to fix the washing machine. The problem? It was unplugged.
Same summer. My dad awakens me at 2 am saying the local police department is at the apartment on a shots fired report. When I arrive at the apartment, the place is lit up like Christmas with squad cars, there must have been 20 officers at the scene. What prompted the call? Kate and her bimbo friend were walking back from the bars hammered. They heard two loud pops and decided someone was firing at them. What actually happened? Two guys launched a bottle rocket from a nearby balcony. Also worth noting that this happened on the 4th of July…
The unit that Kate lived in was townhouse style, with the first floor consisting of a one car garage and a staircase leading up to the living area. My dad’s manager was posting a few available units on Craigslist when she happened upon another curious posting. Kate had posted the garage for rent on Craigslist under the premise that somebody could live in the garage and they would be able to come up stairs to use the kitchen and restroom. The manager immediately marched over there to notify Kate that that her posting violated the lease, which specified no subletting, and Colorado housing code, which specifies a maximum occupancy of two people per bedroom plus one (Kate lived in a one bedroom with her husband and child). Kate was unable to comprehend what the manager was saying, she just kept repeating, “But think of all of the extra money we could make each month!” My dad said she simply could not wrap her head around the fact that her idea would be violating a legally binding agreement AND state housing code. They had to get her husband involved to have her remove the post.
Kate called on Christmas Eve one year complaining that the heat would not turn on. My dad is a good guy and does not f*ck around with things like tenants being without heat, so he immediately got up from the holiday dinner with extended family to fix her problem. The issue? The breaker for the HVAC system was flipped. (SmellyMickey)