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Nov 7, 2013 9:50AM
Last landlord charged me $600 for Mulch.  He said that it didnt take a genius to know that lawn care includes mulch.  I told him that it doesnt take a genius to know that if that was specifically outlined in the lease I never would have signed it.  Of course the a-hole got away with it. 
Oct 8, 2013 11:42PM
Many of those posting examples mention bad tenants and I'm sure there are a lot out there but the examples in the story here of landlord excesses are pretty outrageous and in most states the landlords have most of the power. If you're renting a room or house instead of an apartment in a large complex it's probably a good idea of asking them what they expect of you. It shouldn't be hard to determine a flake if they start making ridiculous demands.
Oct 2, 2013 8:54AM
I've been with my landlord for over 10 yrs. During the 2nd. yr. he stopped cashing my checks. I called him to ask if everything was alright. He said everything was fine. So, after 2 yr. of this I closed my account. All totaled I owe him over 2 yrs. rent. Then out of the blue he started cashing the checks. He told me that he tried to cash the old checks but the account was closed. (At this point the checks were 5 yrs. old) I told him I closed the account and would look into the matter. He said he would call me back. That was 5 yrs ago and I have not heard from him since. This was a blessing since I was unemployed at the time. Oh, did I mention that he hasn't raised the rent in over 10 years! My apt is also about $200 less that other similair sized ones in town and I live in a nice part of town. (Low Crime Rate) I never bother him with petty problems. I do my own repairs. Now the apt needs work, but it's hard to move when I'm getting such a great deal. My question is can he legaly come back to me for the 8 yr. old rent?
Aug 21, 2013 12:40PM
I also should say that accept for that one landlord who was a major problem, the rest have been great. Our most recent was for 5 years and he became a friend to us. Tim helped my husband find work when he got laid off and he has spent time with my family as part of the family. He has taken the kids out on his boat and he has treated us with utmost respect. Today, we own our own home and it was hard to break the news to him. He said we had been the best tenants he had ever had in his house. He has since then, helped us fix up our own home so that we could enjoy living in it. He is a good friend to us today. I love Tim and his lovely wife Lisa. They are great blessings to us.
Aug 21, 2013 12:32PM
I once had a landlord who entered my apartment when I was not home. I lived in the unit upstairs from him. I got home from work and I knew instantly that someone had been in my apartment. I noticed the couch had been moved and other small items on the side table. I went into the kitchen and noticed more things amiss. When my husband got home, I alerted him that things had been moved around and that I suspected our landlord had been in the house. (I already suspected he was a wee bit off due to a conversation he had with my husband over home made wine in the back yard. He had told my husband that his own wife left him because she could not cope with 'performing wifely duties' to his standards. Specifically, the house should be IMPECABLY clean always, regardless of how many lil ones are at her feet and regardless of how many hours she worked. She was always supposed to provide marital affections regardless of how ill, angry or tired she was feeling!!!  WEIRD conversation! And I would have left him too!)  After we finished eating our dinner that night, the landlord came upstairs and walked in after a brief knock. He confirmed my suspicions by saying, "I have not heard you vacuum for 2 days! I came up to see how dirty MY house is and it is unacceptable! There are dust bunnies under the furniture and you had dirty dishes in your sink." My husband told him that he had no business talking to me that way and that indeed I was an exemplary homemaker and that he needed to leave. The next day, I had the locks changed and I gave the landlord a letter telling him I changed the locks and that I would give him the keys when the lease expired. He was so mad! He called the police on me and the police warned him that he needed to back off or I would have reasonable cause to seek help through the legal system. When the lease expired, I gave him the keys and asked him to come up for a walk through. After the walk through I asked for my security deposit and he said the place was a mess and I could not have it. I told him I had a video of the home before moving in and one taken just that morning. Proof that there was no mess anywhere. I got my deposit with a major huff of disbelief that any tenant would video tape the premises!
Aug 21, 2013 9:41AM
The only one I am hesitant to agree with is saying you can be gone for however long you want with no notice.  As a Manager of an apartment,  I happen to know that sh!t happens.  If you are gone and no one is checking the place at all, then your leaky water tank goes unnoticed, the fact that the tenant above you has a leak that hasn't been noticed but is not dipping through your ceiling goes unnoticed etc.  Or if no one knows you are gone, when I see your door standing open at 2am i am not going to worry about it.  If your landlord is not a menace let them know.  Also make sure someone you trust is coming in to take a look around once in awhile. 
Jul 29, 2013 8:06AM
Most amateur landlords are a menace.  I once rented a room in a woman's rented townhouse while studying for a professional examination away from my home.  Shortly after moving in, as I sat studying for the exam, this woman banged on my door and demanded entry.  When I let her in, she accused me of being drunk and told me to get out.  I asked her to return my deposit and rent and she refused and threatened to throw my personal belongings out on the street.  I returned the nest night to find my belongings on the street. and the front gate to the house was locked.  I climbed over the gate and collected several other items that belonged to me and checked into a motel.  i brought a small claims action and collected my deposit and the rent for the motel for a weeks lodging. 
Jul 17, 2013 1:55AM
Most of the small time landlords have gone to some seminar and think that being a landlord is the way to get rich. Their renters are just an unfortunate part of it.
Jul 14, 2013 4:51PM
Yeah, I agree it's not always the land Lord.....that's why I love that show World's Worst Tenants. Quite the hoot. And unbelievable. I've had the same landlord for over six years and he's an amazing guy. He'll be as standing right next to St. Peter when his day comes. WE LOVE YOU STEVE!!!

Jun 7, 2013 7:49AM
Well, I am sure there are jerks on both sides of the issue.  BUT, I can easily write a BOOK of all the crazy things tenants have done to me:  Punched holes in the swimming pool after not paying rent for 6 months;  renter's teenage kids tell my 6 year-old I am "A mean man who is trying to kick them out" (only three months behind in rent); sublet the house to 12 other people including convicted felons,  leaving their pot and pipes out in plain sight for me to find when I was changing the furnace filters then when I reminded them it was a "No Smoking" home they threatened me with of all things the BBB:); asked me to replace $800 worth of food when the refrig went out (what were they eating?? lobster and steaks?  Ask me to pay for the plumber the 6th time in a month THEY plugged the sewer lines with kids toys (Barbie doesn't flush knuckleheads); the attorney who after months of being my "buddy"  decided to break the lease (he couldn't afford it) wrote a letter accusing me of leering his 12 year-old daughter  among other perverted and disgusting claims which he also repeated to our neighbors.  But the best one happened to my brother whose tenant moved out in the middle of the night and took everything in the house including ripping out the toilets and sinks without shutting off the water.  The whole house was flooded.  Yeah, landlords are such jerks.
Jun 7, 2013 7:35AM
Two friends of mine rented a small, two bedroom home with a detached garage behind the house where the driveway ended at the back of the property. The lease specifically stated that the garage was off limits. The owner stored his own property in there and since it was not a part of the home itself, everyone agreed to leave it alone. Everything was fine for the first two months, then the landlord rented out the garage to another tenant! Apparently it had been converted to an in-law type of suite with it's own bathroom, kitchen, showers, etc., and no one knew because they never went back there. My friends objected immediately because now they had to park off the narrow driveway in the yard to let the other tenant get her car past the house to reach the garage in the back of the yard. The landlord insisted he had the right to do so because it stated in the lease that he "Could use the detached garage for his own purpose". After a month of struggling with it they realized that their electric and water bills suddenly went up. Apparently, there is only one account for the property, so they were paying the other tenant's cable, water & electric! The landlord said he would give them a $75 credit on their rent, but to "shhh", and don't say anything. They asked to be released from the lease and he refused. They ended up moving out anyway, and they never did get their deposit back.
Jun 7, 2013 7:26AM

The advice in #6 sounds OK if the rental unit is an apartment in a large complex--there is no need for the landlord or anyone else to know if you are going to be out of town more than a week when they have your cell number on their emergency contact sheet, and you've paid the rent.  It would be different if the rental was a house or a duplex, where newspapers might accumulate or the lawn continue to grow.


I live in an area where it snows, and if a landlord were to demand clearing the roof, I would fall back on the local building code.  Ours requires that a residential property roof support 3 feet of snow.  "Sure, I'll get a contractor out here to clear that when it approaches 3 feet," seems like a good response.  For one thing, it's unlikely ever to reach "crush depth," and for another, if he's not sure he's up to code, you'll see HIM hire someone to get it cleared before it can get to that point.



Jun 7, 2013 7:20AM
another article i was unable to read because of the advertisement popping up in the middle of the article. i click close, and nothing happens. if you are going to have annoying pop up ads on your website at least make sure they work.
Jun 7, 2013 7:16AM
We had a super crazy landlady.  She once  dug through the whole garden to find cat poop, she then put in in a pile on our front porch.  (We have it all on video).  She moved her little gift around several time before she felt she had the best poop pile.  She insisted that this was not crazy and that we should be cleaning all the cat poop from our yard. ( We did have a cat but she had a litter box in the house)  Needless to say we got out of there as soon as the lease expired.
Jun 7, 2013 7:14AM

In college, my roommates and I were told to "Man up" and replace the heater blower after it had gone out.  In February...In the Canadian Prairies...where -25C is a high for weeks on end...

Jun 7, 2013 7:08AM
I had a landlord that told me to stack wood for his woodpile for him when I was 5 mths pregnant.
Jun 7, 2013 6:53AM

The problem with your advice here is that landlords can be huge jerks and, unless you have the money to take them to court, you have to play by their rules or get out.


My mother rented a house from a sweet old Japanese woman back in 1992 through a special housing program for underprivileged families. We quickly realized that her son was co-landlord. After 8 years in the house, the co-landlord decided that he no longer wanted to let us have pets so he had his brother show up with a gun to shoot my cat -- Mom happened to be home and threatened to call the cops. The co-landlord had a tendency to show up unannounced, breaking in to the house when his mother "lost" her extra key, throwing away our personal belongings on the back porch because they were "trash," and completely tearing out all the plants when he decided they weren't to his liking (including potted plants).

Every time something would go wrong on the house, he would fix it (he was a contractor) and then up the rent. Water heater broke in the garage, he replaced it and the pipes, rent went up. Week later, the pipes burst on the new unit (turns out he used pvc rather than copper pipe) and he repaired that -- upping the rent again. Gas leak developed on the other water heater (connected to the small apartment off the back of the house his mother had lived in) where the pipes he had used to install it had rusted completely, he replaced it and upped the rent on the tenant using the apartment.

After 18 years of relatively cheap rent (which is why we had to stay, 3bd/1.5bh ended at $1500 in a neighborhood of $2500+ rentals), my mother passed away. Her last request was that I get out of the house as quietly and unobtrusively as possible, she didn't want the landlord knowing she was sick and dying. My sister paid for June's rent and I began packing as fast as I could, tossing out/donating more things than I kept. When July came around, my sister let the landlord know we were moving out and he started showing up... he'd throw out the packed boxes waiting to be moved, he'd wander into the house and go through our things. One day he cornered me and demanded the last month's rent, I explained that the original agreement with his mother had been for $1000 to cover first and last. "That may be the case, but the amount you gave back then is not going to cover this month as it has increased since 1992." He demanded to see my mother and I finally told him tearfully she had died only a few weeks before. His response? "Be out by the end of the month." No condolences. The end was a week away but I was ready. We scrubbed the whole house and left a note of repairs my mother had refused to report for fear that he would raise the rent again.

My only revenge was that, when the gas leak required the gas company to inspect and turn on the gas, they realized our landlord had never reported two units on the property...he owed money for the second unit's gas use for the last 20 years and was fined for not having the proper permits to tap into the main electrical, gas, and water lines to attach the apartment. Last I heard, he had about 20 squatters that wrecked the place a year ago.

Jun 7, 2013 6:48AM
When I was renting (actually not too far where I purchased my house) the Landlord said I couldn't have women sleep over and she could come into my apartment anytime she felt like it. The former is when she came in, saw a woman's robe in the bathroom and confronted me on it. I told her it was my place and if I wanted to sleep with women it was none of her business and then changed the locks. When she howled about it several weeks later I said I have those original locks put away and will return them to the doors when I vacate the apartment. She threatened but did little else after I posted a copy of our Landlord / Tenet agreement on my front door.
Jun 7, 2013 6:36AM
Our landlord asked us to replace the broken refrigerator in the house we were renting. crazy..dont live there anymore!
Jun 7, 2013 6:29AM
Landlords always get dumped on by the wimp media because they are an easy target but outrageous demands go the other way with much more frequency.  I once rented to some college girls and was called by an irate mother (from halfway across the US) late one night because her precious baby who had been on winter break, down in the sun someplace had come home to find her car (that was parked in the driveway) encased in snow and ice.  The mother was livid that her daughter's car was in that condition and demanded that I clean her car off and shovel the driveway (their responsibility - in the lease).  Yeah, I didn't.  It was funny though because the girl apparently went out and bought big bags of halite and dumped them completely over her car. LOL, Nice! 

Later, When the "ladies" vacated the house, I found that every overhead and wall lamp light bulb had burned out.  It appears that as they did so, they would simply stop using the light.  Priceless.   
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