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Woman Refuses To Buy Previous Tenant’s Stuff, Hoping She’ll Leave It Anyway, Comes To Regret It
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Woman Refuses To Buy Previous Tenant’s Stuff, Hoping She’ll Leave It Anyway, Comes To Regret It

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Revenge is a long list of things, best served cold, cathartic, taxing and perhaps all-consuming, but sometimes it’s just plain, old funny. After all, it’s not all “The Count of Monte Cristo,” sometimes it’s just an annoying person getting their due.

A woman shared her tale of petty revenge, when a new tenant tried to lowball her to keep the furnishings she installed. Instead of a great deal, she ended up with a barren apartment. We reached out to the woman in the story via private message and will update the article when she gets back to us.

In some countries, you tend to rent unfurnished apartments which you fix up yourself

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So one woman, after spending a pretty penny on renovations, was surprised to be lowballed by a new tenant

Image credits: i Shea/Unsplash (not the actual photo)

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In some countries, residences come basically unfurnished

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If you are somewhat confused by what happened here, there are some clarifying details that might help you (the woman in the text also shares some more answers below.) Depending on where you are, it’s actually quite normal for tenants to move into fully unfurnished apartments and homes. This is quite common in Western European countries, where, in some cases, you will have to supply the entire kitchen yourself. This is just one of those differences in how various places and generations approach looking for a place to live.

The result is, if you are a long term tenant, naturally, you won’t just be living for years on end in a barren home. This means, among other things, that everything from the garden to the tiles are basically managed, purchased and installed by the tenant. While it’s not always the case, on long-term leases, this tends to be the norm in some places. Incidentally, this is a good reminder of why it’s vital to always do your research when you plan to spend some serious money in a new country.

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Now, what happens when the tenant moves? Well, it depends. As in this case, sometimes the incoming tenant pays for the “added” stuff, sometimes the old tenant just leaves it and sometimes the outgoing person simply takes their stuff with them. Sometimes the person who owns the building buys it as well. It’s also important to note that this isn’t always the case, one can find furnished apartments in Western Europe, they do exist, it’s just important to note that it’s not necessarily the default.

Lowballing is a valid strategy, but it can definitely backfire

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It would appear that this particular new tenant was operating under the (incorrect) assumption that it would be too much of a hassle, so the previous tenant would simply acquiesce to her requests. This was, as we see here, utterly incorrect. Instead, we are granted the somewhat hilarious visual of a person showing up to a home and seeing very possible multiple bare walls and floors.

Imagine spending time packing, traveling and moving your stuff, then, exhaustively, realizing there isn’t even a bed frame or sofa left for you to use. As the old tenant states in a response which can be found below, this can even include the flooring, from hardwood to carpeting. While this would be a terrible experience to be on the receiving end of, a cheapskate not even having a floor is somewhat poetic and hilarious.

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All in all, this is just a good example of why being cheap doesn’t necessarily pay off. One way or another, there is no such thing as a free lunch, nor kitchen, floor, mixer, fridge, the list goes on and on. So don’t forget to actually be able to pay for the things you want.

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8Yorkies-and-33cats
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's always good to hear both sides of the story. What if the new tennant could simply not afford it? Of course, she could have communicated that more clearly so that a middle ground could be found. People in need may not always show it.

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farbenzirkel
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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would simply be too lazy to remove things just out of spite. So yes: I would take everything that I can still use myself or that I can sell. But I would leave everything else as it is. Putting more time into it would be like putting more money into the old house myself. And that just for a lesson.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This story just seems like a weird thing to brag about. You took your stuff, new owner was upset. Ok? Who actually cares.

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Ken Beattie
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's an interesting story. Here in Australia renting is different. Most times flooring, paint/wallpaper, fittings and basic landscaping is the responsibility of the landlord not the tenant. So the idea of someone completely gutting a place and actually being in the right when they leave is mind boggling.

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8Yorkies-and-33cats
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's always good to hear both sides of the story. What if the new tennant could simply not afford it? Of course, she could have communicated that more clearly so that a middle ground could be found. People in need may not always show it.

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farbenzirkel
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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would simply be too lazy to remove things just out of spite. So yes: I would take everything that I can still use myself or that I can sell. But I would leave everything else as it is. Putting more time into it would be like putting more money into the old house myself. And that just for a lesson.

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SpongeBob SquarePants
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This story just seems like a weird thing to brag about. You took your stuff, new owner was upset. Ok? Who actually cares.

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Ken Beattie
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's an interesting story. Here in Australia renting is different. Most times flooring, paint/wallpaper, fittings and basic landscaping is the responsibility of the landlord not the tenant. So the idea of someone completely gutting a place and actually being in the right when they leave is mind boggling.

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