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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1 year 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.
Community Member
1 year 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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, no.

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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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Sparrow Flying Free
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope.

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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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Jeff Beeson
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I had that exact light fixture in my kitchen for years and I have a scar on the very top of my head from the day I wore very thick soled work boots and forgot it was there. That thing is heavy and has a spike. I can almost guarantee that his "fix" will end up costing a LOT more to properly fix it if he tries to leave it that way.

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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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IzzieM
Community Member
1 year ago

Facepalm

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#7

My Landlord Sucks

My Landlord Sucks

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

That is really dangerous. Someone will get hurt for sure!

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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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Sparrow Flying Free
Community Member
1 year ago

Burn the flippin' house down!

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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
1 year 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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ERIKA H.
Community Member
1 year ago

Also illegal

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#11

Landlord Charges Residents To Use The Elevator

Landlord Charges Residents To Use The Elevator

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Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

That should be against some law.

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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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Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes. Water always works well with an electrical fire...🙄

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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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Hope it gets fixed!

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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
1 year 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
1 year ago

That doesn't even makes sense...

Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes and no. Water can come in from the far side of the roof and navigate over to god knows where. You to see exactly what's up in order to fix it. A garden hose works too though so the landlord is an asshole.

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xXKittensweetXx
Community Member
1 year ago

hmm i think the leak is coming from... THE GIANT HOLE IN THE CEILING

The Frog
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd be booking myself into a hotel and billing it on the landlord

Rosesinmyhair
Community Member
1 year ago

What country is this? Renters have rights!!

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 year ago

America probably

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

...or until the whole roof collapses and someone dies!

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah...time to call the Health Department. That's just bullshit.

Rebekah
Community Member
1 year ago

Doesn't anyone else put their toilet seats down?

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

Time to lawyer up.

Meeple13
Community Member
1 year ago

wait up wtf

Ronnel Samonte
Community Member
1 year ago

At least they can help in cleaning that mess?

Krazy KidsTV
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds pretty smart to me

karina andersen
Community Member
1 year ago

against tenets rights

Trisha Lynn
Community Member
1 year ago

Take photos for documentation. Withhold rent, and move out!

Djaris Edmonds
Community Member
1 year ago

This is atrocious

Christine M Quigley
Community Member
1 year ago

Call your local news station.. that'll get the landlord's attention..and get a lawyer, too..Not necessarily in that order..

Gemma Lees
Community Member
1 year ago

My Dad was a roofer for years, you can't fix a roof when it's raining.

Carol McClellan
Community Member
1 year ago

That is just lazy and stupid. I live in a condo and our maintenance person fixed a leak that dripped into my bathroom when it rained heavily without it being an active leak.

Sabina Lyons
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The tile floor is nice though.... I mean once you clean the rotting house bits off it, it’s probably quite lovely.

Laura Crawley
Community Member
1 year ago

It leaks where the hole is....maybe. Just saying

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe they can find it now?

Kimberley Thom
Community Member
1 year ago

the big hole in landlords skull should be enough incentive to not wait until rainfall again.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

I hope they at least came in and cleaned up that mess.

CincyReds
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude seriously, put your rent money in escrow, until this is fixed...you don't have to pay it to him, but you have to open up an escrow account.

Lola Pagan
Community Member
1 year ago

thats terrible.

Valerea King
Community Member
1 year ago

A quick call to the health department should be enough motivation

Janet Hansen
Community Member
1 year ago

Take that stupidity to court ...

deanna woods
Community Member
1 year ago

The leak is everywhere the ceiling is not.

Chris Watson
Community Member
1 year ago

You missed a golden opportunity. Should have had someone lay down amidst the carnage and sued the bad landlord, for injury

elfin
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm pretty sure this qualifies as a clue.

Sam Mix
Community Member
1 year ago

The leak. It is up there.

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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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Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL! The cat actually uses it! 😂

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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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Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that moss?!

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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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Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Time to brush up on your lock-picking skills.

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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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Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Can you open them all at the same time?

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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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Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Eeww.

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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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Chris Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

They clearly don't intend you to stand under it. Shower hose on my bath has a holder as part of the taps - it's for washing your hair when in the bath.

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#22

Our Landlord Fixed Our Deck

Our Landlord Fixed Our Deck

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ravina nimje
Community Member
1 year ago

Move the dog, its not safe

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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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

You have one job...

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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
1 year 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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Darn!

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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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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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Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Arsehole.

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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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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

What’s the issue here? He’s replaced three wood hasn’t he? Just get a tin of wood stain and paint it to match. 3 minute job.

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