Finding a new place to live in is quite a task in itself, but for some people, the struggle doesn't end there. There are landlords who create such a toxic environment, their tenants' everyday life becomes a neverending misery. From installing secret surveillance cameras to ignoring ceiling leaks, these greedy bastards are full of dirty tricks.

Bored Panda has compiled this list to prove that you should always remain skeptical when hunting for an apartment. One thing's for sure, though, those sly foxes are definitely know how to save a penny.

#1

So My Friend's Landlord Thinks This Is No Big Deal

So My Friend's Landlord Thinks This Is No Big Deal

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Alusair Alustriel
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7 months ago

What the actual hell

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However, even the worst landlords have to try real hard to come close to Steven Croman. He spent decades flipping rent-controlled Manhattan apartment buildings, buying them cheap and having his employees remove the apartment's occupants. Croman's employees referred to the tenants as 'targets,' and were competing to push out the most as they would receive a bonus for each tenant they forced out.

#2

My Landlord Pretended To Do Work In The Flat But Ended Up Installing This 360° Wifi Surveillance Camera Which Also Records Audio Without Telling Me About It

My Landlord Pretended To Do Work In The Flat But Ended Up Installing This 360° Wifi Surveillance Camera Which Also Records Audio Without Telling Me About It

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ERIKA H.
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7 months ago

Pretty sure that's illegal

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When the 'targets' refused to move, Croman enforced harassment. He turned their buildings into dangerous construction sites, refused to make repairs, and cut off heat, electricity, and hot water. If that wasn't enough, he ordered his companies to file baseless lawsuits against the residents. One tenant, for example, was brought to court 11 times, even though she was not behind on the rent; another tenant racked up $240,000 in legal fees.

#3

That Awkward Moment When Your "Thermostat" Is Actually Just Hanging On A Nail, And Doesn't Control The Temperature Whatsoever. Shout Out To The Best Landlords Ever

That Awkward Moment When Your "Thermostat" Is Actually Just Hanging On A Nail, And Doesn't Control The Temperature Whatsoever. Shout Out To The Best Landlords Ever

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Asat Voong
Community Member
7 months ago

omg what genius

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If tenants continued living in the apartments, Croman would call Anthony Falconite. The retired police officer would pose as a repairman, a building manage or an inspector to get into people’s homes. Once inside, he would come up with an accusations, telling tenants they were occupying the units illegally. Falconite would demand their IDs, and take their photos without permission. 

#4

Landlords Didn't Believe Me When I Tried To Tell Them We Had A Slug Infestation. Said They've Never Heard Of Such A Problem

Landlords Didn't Believe Me When I Tried To Tell Them We Had A Slug Infestation. Said They've Never Heard Of Such A Problem

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Sunzilla
Community Member
7 months ago

I would flipping DIE!!

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After his tenants were gone, Croman ignored construction laws and performed work without permits more than on 175 occasions. Eventually, Croman’s shady methods drew the attention of officials, and he was charged with grand larceny and tax fraud. In 2017, he pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay a $5 million tax settlement and $8 million to his former tenants. He was also sentenced to one year in jail.

#5

This Is How The Landlord Fixed The Leaky Ceiling

This Is How The Landlord Fixed The Leaky Ceiling

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Alex
Community Member
7 months ago

At this point, wouldnt it just be easier to get it fixed properly?

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#6

My Landlord Finally Installed A New Gated Entryway. I Feel So Much Safer Now

My Landlord Finally Installed A New Gated Entryway. I Feel So Much Safer Now

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
7 months ago

Facepalm.

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#7

My Landlord Sucks

My Landlord Sucks

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
7 months ago

This is a structural / safety issue. If reported to the local government (or relative department), this could mean that the property would be deemed uninhabitable, and needing to be evacuated until repaired. The costs of moving etc, should theoretically be covered by the landlord.

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#8

I've Been Arguing With My Landlord About Water Seeping Into My Apartment For 2 Months Now. Found This Little Guy Today

I've Been Arguing With My Landlord About Water Seeping Into My Apartment For 2 Months Now. Found This Little Guy Today

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Erratic Logic
Community Member
7 months ago

Aw, cute lil guy. But seriously wtf

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#9

A Leak My Landlord Refuses To Fix. Is This Mold? Is It Dangerous?

A Leak My Landlord Refuses To Fix. Is This Mold? Is It Dangerous?

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Magpie
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes that is mould. Yes that is dangerous.

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#10

Landlord Decided To Turn Down The Heat Today In My Mn Apartment As It Reached -40°. But The Idiot Must Have Forgotten He Pays My Electric And Doesn't Realize That I Value My Comfort Over Safety Or Energy Conservation

Landlord Decided To Turn Down The Heat Today In My Mn Apartment As It Reached -40°. But The Idiot Must Have Forgotten He Pays My Electric And Doesn't Realize That I Value My Comfort Over Safety Or Energy Conservation

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Anne
Community Member
7 months ago

I remember this story.. The heat turn down was at request of the energy company, so they could have every home not-freezing due to shortage on the grid or gas pipes. They had to be turned down to 15C (which is not warm, but above freezing). It was not the landlords idea to do this. This was an area-wide thing.

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#11

Landlord Charges Residents To Use The Elevator

Landlord Charges Residents To Use The Elevator

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
7 months ago

These costs, should be included in the quarterly Strata fees that all property owners should pay..... unless the entire complex is owned by one person, and they're just being a tight-arse.

Erratic Logic
Community Member
7 months ago

Even if they're being a tight-ass, this can't be ADA approved, can it?

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Cathy Homan
Community Member
7 months ago

Discrimination against disabled

Daria B
Community Member
7 months ago

Disabled, pregnant women, parents with little children and everyone with carriage or heavy groceries.

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Lsai Aeon
Community Member
7 months ago

As someone in a wheelchair, FUCK YOU

ArchiBookworm
Community Member
7 months ago

This is illegal. It violates the ADA as it prevents equal use of the facilities. https://www.ada.gov/criminaljustice/cj_complaint.html

M.J.
Community Member
7 months ago

Thank god the stairs are still free!

ChocolatePink29
Community Member
7 months ago

*still*, which means they can charge for them someday!

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JeffC
Community Member
7 months ago

How generous of them allowing residents to come and go for free once a day....wait, nope, stairs are completely free with unlimited use!!! They must stop with all this generosity here it's just too much!!! lol

ArchiBookworm
Community Member
7 months ago

This is very illegal. This should not be included the rent or whatever. This is illegal. Full stop. From how the date is written, this is clearly in the US, which means the elevator falls under the ADA. The ADA guarantees full and equal access and paying for an elevator is not full and equal access.

Laura Pantazis
Community Member
7 months ago

It could be Canada.

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June Clavelle
Community Member
7 months ago

I guess those in wheelchairs have no choice...they can't use the stairs.

Lea Springstead
Community Member
7 months ago

This is discrimination against the physically disabled.

Rosesinmyhair
Community Member
7 months ago

In Australia this would have to be stated in your rental lease agreement. Otherwise it's illegal.

Magpie
Community Member
7 months ago

That should be against some law.

Tessa Thompson
Community Member
7 months ago

It is. If this is in the U.S., it violates the ADA.

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Peter Lankton
Community Member
7 months ago

And you're in a wheelchair...

Joshua Crooks
Community Member
6 months ago

This is reasonable for everyone who isn't a cripple

Wyndmere
Community Member
7 months ago

What a jerk. Everyone should boycott the elevator so he has this expensive but useless machinery in his building.

Thunder
Community Member
7 months ago

What the friggin...?!

Ronnel Samonte
Community Member
7 months ago

what the??!!

Sunzilla
Community Member
7 months ago

Good grief!

TC
Community Member
6 months ago

What country is this one ..?

Trisha Lynn
Community Member
7 months ago

WTF?!!!

pamela nichols
Community Member
7 months ago

What happens if your disabled?

Djaris Edmonds
Community Member
7 months ago

Dayuum

John Bennick
Community Member
7 months ago

INSANE!!! How much does he charge to flush the toilet?

Gemma Lees
Community Member
7 months ago

But the stairs are still free!

Amanda Dorn
Community Member
7 months ago

THAT'S not fair. BUT what if YOU were the landlord? If all the roles were reversed which side would you be on? My suggestion? Strive to be owner and absorb the cost yourself.

Trialia Xua
Community Member
7 months ago

Tell me you're not actually serious. Try thinking about this from the viewpoint of a wheelchair user, for a minute.

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Laughinmydreams
Community Member
7 months ago

Nope, nope, nope, illegal.

Sebastian Melmoth
Community Member
7 months ago

So if one is wheelchair bound or deals with other mobility issues, they have to pay? Not cool...totes not cool. Pretty sure that is illegal in some way

Catherine Todd
Community Member
7 months ago

"The stairs are still free..." What the heck does this mean? That the landlord will or could start charging for the stairs at some unknown point in the future? Never heard of this ever; is this legal? Surely someone's apartment least should need to have this included, or it's not allowed.

Tina Di Troia
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh hell no!

Kimberley Thom
Community Member
7 months ago

WTF! How many floors does this place have and someone needs to charge that louse to breathe!

BusLady
Community Member
7 months ago

I bet the LL never takes the stairs.

Coco
Community Member
7 months ago

woot??

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
7 months ago

WHAT! Is this in NYC? What about peeps who have wheelchairs and cannot walk the stairs..What an idiot!

Lars Skulbru
Community Member
7 months ago

WTF? Here in Norway, such a thing is illegal!

Marty Porter
Community Member
7 months ago

Well in the United States anything goes and the rich rule the poor so yeah.

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Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
7 months ago

Bastard!!!!

Kelly
Community Member
7 months ago

In many private homes, elevators built in the '50 and '60 needed a coin to operate, in Italy. Free key access only for residents.

Stephen Bueckert
Community Member
7 months ago

Illegal.

nala simba
Community Member
7 months ago

Booo!

Molly A. Block
Community Member
7 months ago

Would save those 60 rides for up only, with groceries.

boredpanDaman
Community Member
7 months ago

hit minuses as much as you like but, this is fair

Monica Michelle
Community Member
7 months ago

And for the disabled residents?♿

Dave Black
Community Member
7 months ago

Thats when id tape my own letter under it saying if they dont reverse their actions ill take it to the control board or w/e its called

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
7 months ago

what the fuck? What the hell is going through their tiny minds when they think this shit up?

Brian Lavigne
Community Member
7 months ago

lol..I hope the landlord stated in the lease that these charges would incur or he'll have a lawsuit!

Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
7 months ago

i live in residental house with elevator. Some years later the decided the 0 floor (actualy 1st floor, but the entrace was 'technically' basement) wont be able the use levator and blocket the elevator door at our floor from openings... They eventually reopen it when we stop paying the 'roof charge' when we dont have a roof. Because they earlier after our complaints told us that "we are the lowest floor so we can take stair instead and dont waste energy on using elevator, so we respodet that there is another apartment above us, so why pay that roof charge, when the roof have only the top apartments... also it is illegal, and when I sprain my leg they realized I can put them on court and won and get paid from them for not allowing me to use elevator with my injury.

Bored Panda
Community Member
7 months ago

why

Karen Dyer
Community Member
7 months ago

WOW

David KH Wong
Community Member
7 months ago

Maybe it's a elevator for the disabled.

Bill
Community Member
7 months ago

The Burge Khalif inUAE zhuts down elevators if tenants don't pay . Its the world's tallest building

D L C
Community Member
7 months ago

Very interesting. I will bet that the deadbeats pay up PDQ

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Radek Suski
Community Member
7 months ago

Meanwhile we in Europe have a hype of building fully accessible apartments

Slinkman
Community Member
7 months ago

Well, this is not that unfair. The elevator costs money, and people cán take the stairs (otherwise they would never live here, seen the elevator is a new thing).

Pamela24
Community Member
7 months ago

They have that in my uncle's house where only some of the owner chipped in to build an elevator. So only the ones who are paying for it / paid for it have a card to use it. Which seems fair. I agree with Pseudo Puppy here, though, this should be in the monthly fees.

Hans
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7 months ago

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I find this just. I lived in a flat where I never used the elevator and subsidised people who were too lazy to take 10 stairs (literally... Taking the elevator took three times as long). They eveb blocked it, chatting, being a nuisance to the only tenant in a whleelchair. A per use keycard ist just fine. Otherwise, all tenants pay the electricity in equal shares...

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#12

My Landlord Is Super Serious About Fire Safety

My Landlord Is Super Serious About Fire Safety

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
7 months ago

Illegal. Seriously.

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#13

Landlord Responded Right Away When I Sent Him The Second Pic

Landlord Responded Right Away When I Sent Him The Second Pic

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varwenea
Community Member
7 months ago

That's just disgusting! Thank goodness the person wasn't under that when everything fell!

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#14

Told My Landlord That There Was A Drip Coming From My Ceiling About Two Weeks Ago. They Did Nothing About It And I Woke Up To This This Morning

Told My Landlord That There Was A Drip Coming From My Ceiling About Two Weeks Ago. They Did Nothing About It And I Woke Up To This This Morning

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Gabrielle St-Pierre
Community Member
7 months ago

Good thing you didn't sleep on the couch that night

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#15

My Ceiling Caved In And The Landlord Said They Won't Fix It Until It Rains Again And They Can Find The Leak

My Ceiling Caved In And The Landlord Said They Won't Fix It Until It Rains Again And They Can Find The Leak

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Sunzilla
Community Member
7 months ago

That doesn't even makes sense...

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#16

Landlord Promised To Install A Cat Flap In Our Back Door After Some Security Issues. Came Home To This

Landlord Promised To Install A Cat Flap In Our Back Door After Some Security Issues. Came Home To This

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DemPugs
Community Member
7 months ago

Pretty sure this was a joke

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#17

Landlord Ignored Me For Two Months About My Sparking Outlet, Got Worried About A Fire And Did It Myself And I Find This

Landlord Ignored Me For Two Months About My Sparking Outlet, Got Worried About A Fire And Did It Myself And I Find This

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varwenea
Community Member
7 months ago

Insulation has turned into mold/moss from moisture. Wires behind these walls that aren't well insulated will spark, as this person has already found. The entire wall could be a fire hazard.

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#18

Welcome To Renting In London! My Landlord Has Just Put Our Thermostat In A Cage

Welcome To Renting In London! My Landlord Has Just Put Our Thermostat In A Cage

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Mira Maier
Community Member
7 months ago

Thankfully I do own a screwdriver.

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#19

Each Time We Ask Our Landlord To Fix The Shower They Just Add A New Nozzle

Each Time We Ask Our Landlord To Fix The Shower They Just Add A New Nozzle

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
7 months ago

They running out of space there!

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#20

My Friend Asked Me If This Message From Her 53-Year-Old Landlord Was Creepy

My Friend Asked Me If This Message From Her 53-Year-Old Landlord Was Creepy

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
7 months ago

Run. now. Run, and never look back. This is HIGHLY ILLEGAL for him to be taking photos of you without permission etc, within this context of him being your landlord. I'd be changing the locks, and looking for hidden cameras now. Seriously

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#21

Landlord Fitted A Shower Head Holder, Perfect For When I Finish My Shift At The Chocolate Factory

Landlord Fitted A Shower Head Holder, Perfect For When I Finish My Shift At The Chocolate Factory

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Pusfarm
Community Member
7 months ago

"Oompa Loompa Loompa Dee Doo, I've for a tiny shower for you."

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#22

Our Landlord Fixed Our Deck

Our Landlord Fixed Our Deck

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
7 months ago

Surely illegal and quite dangerous!

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#23

Our Landlord Installed The Locks To Our Front Door Backwards

Our Landlord Installed The Locks To Our Front Door Backwards

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Asat Voong
Community Member
7 months ago

Or the landlord also work in prison.

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#24

I Told My Landlord To Fix The Leak In The Ceiling. She Ignored Me

I Told My Landlord To Fix The Leak In The Ceiling. She Ignored Me

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
7 months ago

It looks like she won't fix that either...

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#25

My Landlord Said There Was A Pool, He Failed To Mention It Is Closed. Forever

My Landlord Said There Was A Pool, He Failed To Mention It Is Closed. Forever

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Slinkman
Community Member
7 months ago

Wel there 'was' a pool. No lying about that.

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#26

Landlord Hung The Microwave, This Is As Far As It Opens Before Hitting The Wall

Landlord Hung The Microwave, This Is As Far As It Opens Before Hitting The Wall

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
7 months ago

The microwave from previous landlord??

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#27

My "Oh So Awesome" Landlord Quit Cleaning My Pool Cause Kids Who Weren’t Living Here Were Playing In It

My "Oh So Awesome" Landlord Quit Cleaning My Pool Cause Kids Who Weren’t Living Here Were Playing In It

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
7 months ago

One word: mosquitoes.

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#28

We Asked Our Landlord For A Bigger Table. He Built Us This

We Asked Our Landlord For A Bigger Table. He Built Us This

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Foxxy’s #1 fan
Community Member
7 months ago

I don’t understand how a table is the landlords responsibility unless the place already came furnished (which isn’t common where I live).

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#29

The Landlord Decided To Get Rid Of This Tree For No Reason, Additionally Killing Newborn Birds In The Process

The Landlord Decided To Get Rid Of This Tree For No Reason, Additionally Killing Newborn Birds In The Process

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
7 months ago

This is quite sad.

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#30

My Landlord Promised To “Redo The Bathroom Floors.” This Was The Result

My Landlord Promised To “Redo The Bathroom Floors.” This Was The Result

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Lisa Beatty
Community Member
7 months ago

That floor has a walking STD on it I am sure lol

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