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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Asat Voong
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Facepalm.

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#7

My Landlord Sucks

My Landlord Sucks

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Yes that is mould. Yes that is dangerous.

PandaJon
Community Member
1 year ago

Luckily it's being held up by the Lead-based, asbestos ceiling

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Ashley Kellers
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes - black mould is toxic

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

There’s no way to tell that it’s black mold by looking at it.

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Michelle
Community Member
1 year ago

Mold is a SERIOUS issue in most dwelling. It's a serious health hazard. Not only does it affect your health (energy, hormones, brain), it can kill people who are either babies/small children, the elderly, people already sick with a low immune system, or animals. It's called mold poisoning. I have a link if anyone wants it. Most gov'ts will NOT acknowledge that mold is toxic. If they did, 80% of all dwellings & even office buildings & schools would have to be fixed.

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, and yes.

Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

It's dangerous also for your lungs, even if you are not allergic.

Stacey Grant
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

That is actually black mold. According to studies, about 25% if the population is allergic to black mold. I am HIGHLY allergic and if I'm around it, I will not be able to breathe within about 15 mins.... Yes, even a small amount. And even though studies claim that it's only 25% of the population that's allergic, about 75% of the people that I know also have the exact same allergy! So I would tend to believe that that 25% is extremely off!!! Black mold can cause ALOT of health problems for anyone, especially babies, the elderly, and anyone that already has asthma or a compromised immune system.....

Niki Baby
Community Member
1 year ago

YES & YES!!!

Unaffected
Community Member
1 year ago

Black mould.Get out of there asap if you can!

Theodore Theodora
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy sh*t yes that is mold and it's dangerous. Over time it'll do damage to your lungs as you breathe in the spores, and it'll also do damage to the house/apartment as it weakens the material it's growing in.

Iggy
Community Member
1 year ago

Please move out!

Keti Ledeno
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow black mold... the worst kind of dangerous mold.

deanna woods
Community Member
1 year ago

If your landlord does not fix this someone in your apartment could get seriously ill, especially if they have a weak immune system.

Baton Rouge
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes and yes. Hint: Brittany Murphy

Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

Very few people remember her sad story.

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Anne
Community Member
1 year ago

yes

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 year ago

run away while you can if you value your health

Joshua Crooks
Community Member
1 year ago

Stop pirating netflix

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes! Move Out Now!!!

it's me again
Community Member
1 year ago

Meeting your upstairs neighbor in 3. . . 2. . . 1. . .

Lola Pagan
Community Member
1 year ago

very dangerous.

Unaffected
Community Member
1 year ago

Black mould.Get out of there if you can!

Linda Davidson
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes it is.

Denise Mirto
Community Member
1 year ago

very bad

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Get out now!

Ronnel Samonte
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a disaster waiting to happen lol!

Anandra Danubis
Community Member
1 month ago

Health Hazard.

Josie Newburn
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep that is black mold which is the most toxic type of mold

Allison Abernathy
Community Member
1 year ago

Bad mold. Gotta get out of there and look up how to make sure you don't cross contaminate into your new place!

Gideon Gaming
Community Member
1 year ago

Move the Fu$k out

karina andersen
Community Member
1 year ago

very very dangerous

Trisha Lynn
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like black mold, which is the worst kind!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd rather ask H.P. Lovecraft!

Christine M Quigley
Community Member
1 year ago

Need to move immediately! If mold gets into your lungs, it's a terrible ordeal..

Gemma Lees
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Black mould can grow inside your lungs if you breathe it in. I once had to sue an ex landlord. I didn't get very much by way of compensation but I got out of the lease. The mould and damp was so bad that it basically ramped up my normal love of hygiene into severe OCD that lead to me being sectioned and ending up homeless and I'm still suffering 16 years later. Bad landlords can literally ruin your life.

Amanda Dorn
Community Member
1 year ago

Then I'd move out.

Amanda Dorn
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep. That's mould. I'd use this photo in court to get your bond back, shame it's not date stamped.

JJM
Community Member
1 year ago

Another case of dangerous mold and mildew.....serious health issue.

Joan Connorton
Community Member
1 year ago

of course it's mold! of course it's dangerous!

Trish Greene
Community Member
1 year ago

Black mold is very dangerous. A friend of mine ended up in the hospital because of it. At least, spray it with a hydrogen peroxide/water combination. And wear a mask!

Alexis Michelle
Community Member
1 year ago

ew ew ew

Steven Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

Black mold can kill you

Laughinmydreams
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, get the freaking heck outta there fast.

Sebastian Melmoth
Community Member
1 year ago

Stachybotrys chartarum...Black mold, definitely dangerous

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh yes !

Laura Crawley
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh yes!

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 year ago

Of course it's mold. My basement is covered in it.

Tina Di Troia
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes it’s dangerous

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, it can cause respiratory problems, among other things.

April Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes that is definitely mold and a health hazard you can die from breathing that in and it's even worse if you have asthma

Brenda Couvee
Community Member
1 year ago

I think the danger is also from the ceiling falling down.

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
1 year ago

BAD MOLD!

Starlee87
Community Member
1 year ago

Wouldnt you have seen this before you rented this piece of ....

Jonathan Reiter
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks like black mould... Get a new place...

CincyReds
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, and you need to get the hell out of there now! That is black mold!

Kris “ADHD_Carrier” Dudoich
Community Member
1 year ago

Black mold is not only dangerous, but it is also carcinogenic!

Lars Skulbru
Community Member
1 year ago

A friend of mine had the same sort of black mould in her apartment. She had to be hospitalized, with servere lung-problens. Even her dog got stick...

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

It's all super dangerous, but looking at that I'd be more worried about the ceiling collapse than the mould...

Janet Hansen
Community Member
1 year ago

Why are you still in there?....Leave

Cheryl Moser
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes it's mold i have the same shit in my closet where my air handler and water tank is and it is dangerous 😫 and my landlord claims I have no mold but plenty of pictures I have

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

It's only dangerous if you don't want to die from horrific pneumonia

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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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
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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DemPugs
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
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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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year 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
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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

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