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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10 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.
Community Member
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 months ago

Facepalm.

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#7

My Landlord Sucks

My Landlord Sucks

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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.

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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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
10 months ago

Candle beneath it: Heat goes down. Icecubes on top of it: Heat goes up.

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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
10 months ago

They running out of space there!

earringnut
Community Member
10 months ago

I think that's the idea.

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Full Name
Community Member
10 months ago

The caption is fake. If you had any idea how much more time/cost is involved with putting in a whole new showerhead vs fixing a problem you'd know this is ridiculous. Not a chance this is real.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
10 months ago

Looks like a contraption right out of a Dr. Seuss book.

kasa alex
Community Member
10 months ago

If you can turn them all on at once, it might be really nice!

Jack Lambrecht
Community Member
10 months ago

Kinda feel bad, but also find it interesting. I'd have to try to put on every head and see what happens.

Winter Rose
Community Member
10 months ago

Isn’t this just more expensive?

Jeff Requier
Community Member
10 months ago

How are they adding new pipes in the walls to have running water in Every one of these shower heads?

Lisa loves cats
Community Member
10 months ago

There is literally no room to shower in there

Ronnel Samonte
Community Member
10 months ago

pick the one that is best for you lol!

European other
Community Member
10 months ago

Keep asking, see how many you can get in

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
10 months ago

would be kinda cool if all of them worked

Hendra Lim
Community Member
10 months ago

yeah, we can feel how it feel to be drown by showers

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Sunzilla
Community Member
10 months ago

Can you open them all at the same time?

Ava Bowie
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh my god, what a GREAT (cough) Landlord!

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
10 months ago

Tats mental

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
10 months ago

Is that an electrical boiler in the shower?

Iman Tatar
Community Member
10 months ago

It's a water heater

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Bill
Community Member
10 months ago

Only 1 tap is hot water? WHY

Lynn Morello
Community Member
7 months ago

But do they work?

Djaris Edmonds
Community Member
10 months ago

Dont you get it? Stop asking😭😭

Amanda Dorn
Community Member
10 months ago

The owners grandson is practicing his plumbing apprenticeship

Robin Cascella
Community Member
10 months ago

I actually laughed at this one. I’ve been in some very high end properties and have seen this done as a luxury.

Belinda Crum
Community Member
10 months ago

Wtf?

Shelly Bowles
Community Member
10 months ago

Wtaf?

Leslie Tollefson
Community Member
10 months ago

I ... have ... questions.

Laughinmydreams
Community Member
10 months ago

this is just insane!

Lisa Holman
Community Member
10 months ago

Lol..wth?

BusLady
Community Member
10 months ago

Looks like a display at Home Depot.

Jonathan Armstrong
Community Member
10 months ago

And you're complaining? You can clean your ads and your face at the same time!

Jonathan Armstrong
Community Member
10 months ago

Stupid auto correct

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Page Holder
Community Member
10 months ago

Not knowing how to work your friends shower is on a whole new level here...

Andrea Bernier Hall
Community Member
10 months ago

Wondering if the person is 6 inches wide, so as to be able to fit in there and successfully take a shower...

Starlee87
Community Member
10 months ago

Lmao well you can add more people in the shower w you now

CincyReds
Community Member
10 months ago

What the hell

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
10 months ago

Overkill!!!!

Shull GaRett
Community Member
10 months ago

Is that an electric heater under the shower?

Baton Rouge
Community Member
10 months ago

OMG I'm stunned

Stacey Grant
Community Member
10 months ago

WTAF?!?!?

Molly A. Block
Community Member
10 months ago

What is the opaque plastic curvy thing in the bottom right of the photo though?

Kathleen Francis
Community Member
10 months ago

probably a fold-away seat

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
10 months ago

it can turn into art installation! wait few more years, than fix them all yourself! than have THAT shower!

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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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 months ago

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

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