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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Alex
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah, but the mind of a slumlord doesn't work that way...

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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.

Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

How tall are you??

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Bacony
Community Member
1 year ago

*Miniature steam engine weaves in and out of curtains, drops a marble out of a teacup into a funnel that leads into this thing*

Donald Trump
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like the apartment is on a life support machine/intensive care unit. LMAO

Molly A. Block
Community Member
1 year ago

Not bad....not bad at all. This is real redneck plumbing work you see here, folks, at its finest.

boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

we have questions.

ulku tuna
Community Member
1 year ago

I think the tenant is supposed to wait for the wall to heal. The landlord put the wall on a drip.

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 year ago

that's damn dangerous, plus must be easier to just fix it

Sassy Angel
Community Member
1 year ago

They have seen tinker bell

Lea Springstead
Community Member
1 year ago

Insanity.

Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like some sort of Rube Goldberg machine.

Joshua Crooks
Community Member
1 year ago

MacGyver cries

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

You have got to be kidding.

Lisa Ambagis
Community Member
1 year ago

This is how they fixed the leaky roof in a Disney fairy move. The Great Fairy Rescue.

Starlee87
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats when i would call the law

Lola Pagan
Community Member
1 year ago

i mean its innovative but you should get that professionally fixed...

Niki Baby
Community Member
1 year ago

What on Earth??

Lee Marstein
Community Member
1 year ago

Gotta say that its creative lol

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
1 year ago

Insane!

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

cheap nasty greedy landlord

boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

creative as well. and with a lot of free time

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Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
1 year ago

that could be installed at museum as a modern art lol

A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, this is definitely not a good solution, but he's somewhat ingenious at the least...

Ed Sumardi
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

he just learned it from tinker bell

Ronnel Samonte
Community Member
1 year ago

duct tape will do lol!

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

If it doesn't stick and it should, use duct tape. If it sticks and it shouldn't, use WD-40!

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Elvi
Community Member
1 year ago

Genius

Ashley Galyen
Community Member
1 year ago

One is hanging from the light fixture as a DRAIN!

Cris Maurice
Community Member
1 year ago

WOW ! Just WOW!

Trisha Lynn
Community Member
1 year ago

This is how I wouldn't pay my rent. Seriously, there are laws to protect tenants. Don't pay your rent until it's fixed!

Lou Herout
Community Member
1 year ago

Kevin McAlister, home contractor

Mari Bryant
Community Member
1 year ago

Water through the light fixture. What could go wrong?

berna zapominszki
Community Member
1 year ago

Noooo!

Ana Miranda @ Lisbon, Portugal
Community Member
1 year ago

No way....

Amanda Dorn
Community Member
1 year ago

It he a child ? or an old retired, one foot in the grave, I can do my own maintenance my parents were builders type of man?

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
1 year ago

Lethal ! Hope you moved.

Belinda Crum
Community Member
1 year ago

What in the actual hell??

Theresa Tzitzira
Community Member
1 year ago

But who accepts to stay in such places????

Roger Bird
Community Member
1 year ago

Clever.

j b milam
Community Member
1 year ago

well it is a creative idea but.... how ridiculous.

Sue Clifford
Community Member
1 year ago

Really 🤦‍♀️

ShayLynne Bronson
Community Member
1 year ago

Yup

Jo B. Ventura Gurule
Community Member
1 year ago

I see it but don’t believe it!

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
1 year ago

Hilarious!n Should get an award for the stupidest ceiling fix ever !

Asper Rated
Community Member
1 year ago

Is he a meth addict?

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

3.world?

Laughinmydreams
Community Member
1 year ago

Another genius landlord.

Laura Crawley
Community Member
1 year ago

An engineering marvel.

Catherine Todd
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG - where was this? Did it get reported, surely? What happened next? Never in my life!

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL! That's all I got.

Leo Petipas
Community Member
1 year ago

Water in electrical fixtures. Nice.

Jessie Cooper
Community Member
1 year ago

Your landlord is also a tweaker FYI 😬

Kimberley Thom
Community Member
1 year ago

not pretty enough to show company.

Karla Melgoza
Community Member
1 year ago

Tinker bell plumbing

Chantel Trudelle
Community Member
1 year ago

hahhhaha whut

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Is his name Jerry by any chance?

Kris “ADHD_Carrier” Dudoich
Community Member
1 year ago

That just looks like a weird carnival ride for cockroaches

Lars Skulbru
Community Member
1 year ago

This idiot think he's McGyver.

Janet Hansen
Community Member
1 year ago

landlords ceiling on life support...

Michelle
Community Member
1 year ago

There should be LAWS that they have to hire licensed contractors to do the fixes. They get away with hiring hacks (usually foreigners or they do it themselves) ALL the time. All countries do this. I've had this situation where they don't hire professionals in 4 different countries.

Bears Kitten
Community Member
1 year ago

Uh....?

Crystal Pool
Community Member
1 year ago

What kinda DR Suess looking Shxt is this?

Annie
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF? I drain system???

Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

An art installation?

nala simba
Community Member
1 year ago

Clever!

Peter Lankton
Community Member
1 year ago

Yea, no electrical shock risk there with water running through your light fixture.

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

Electrical fire waiting to happen

Oscar Contender
Community Member
1 year ago

there go the beer bongs.

Sam Mix
Community Member
1 year ago

Ceiling bong??

Bora Temizsoy
Community Member
1 year ago

I want to think that was a temporary precaution before what should be done..

Josh Berry
Community Member
1 year ago

That can't be real lol

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

The electrics look doomed

European other
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF is it a joke ?! I mean come on, who would do that and think it's okay ?!

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

I can give you a name and a phone number, but trust me, you don't want to have to listen to him!

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Tara
Community Member
1 year ago

He definitely “fixed” it alright...

Ionescu Mihaela
Community Member
1 year ago

Nooo waaaaayyy :O

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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...

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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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