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...

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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

earringnut
Community Member
1 year ago

I hope so.

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Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL! The cat actually uses it! 😂

Monday
Community Member
1 year ago

Wana bet if this was a real cat flap the cat would ignore it?

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 year ago

cat doesn't seem to mind :D

Devan Mansfield
Community Member
1 year ago

Er- I'm sorry for your troubles, but what a cute kitty!

Izuna Kazuki
Community Member
1 year ago

Your landlord is lifehacker

Christy Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

That is an adorable little fur ball!

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Your cat is adorable! Your landlord, not so much.

Laura Campos
Community Member
1 year ago

Sweet faced kitty! Love tuxedo cats...

Bill
Community Member
1 year ago

Cat burglar strikes again.

Ronnel Samonte
Community Member
1 year ago

Pizza guys! lol!

European other
Community Member
1 year ago

How thoughtful

Thunder
Community Member
1 year ago

That cat is like: “So, is there pizza or was the landlord being stupid again?”

Cocoa panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Awwwww

Dave Black
Community Member
1 year ago

As i cat owner if i came home to this, i would be livid, and would have half a mind to knock out my landlord even if it meant finding a new place

Krazy KidsTV
Community Member
1 month ago

The pics is real but saying a landlord did it is FAKE.

Josie Newburn
Community Member
1 year ago

that is not sturdy

John Laurens/Gay Turtle
Community Member
1 year ago

Aww that's one cute little kitten

Theresa Tzitzira
Community Member
1 year ago

But it works....:)))

Djaris Edmonds
Community Member
1 year ago

Whats the problem? Its working😂😂😭

Bunny Lady
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! Cheese and bacon pizza!!!!!!!

Kacey Pounds
Community Member
1 year ago

that's getto

Krazy KidsTV
Community Member
1 year ago

This is definitely fake...but nice try.

Kimberley Thom
Community Member
1 year ago

At least let kitty come into something catnip themed. Not every cat is Garfield.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Also, there's barely room for the poor cat to squeeze through.

Heidi Matsumoto
Community Member
1 year ago

Even the cat is complaining.....

Starlee87
Community Member
1 year ago

But the kitty is so cute....

xXKittensweetXx
Community Member
1 year ago

cute kitty tho

nala simba
Community Member
1 year ago

Love that cat! Beautiful beastie. Hmmm......cat flap not too good though.

Molly A. Block
Community Member
1 year ago

No way. I don't believe this one either.

moist.
Community Member
1 year ago

I mean...

Devyn Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

The cat is like, ugh.

Patrick O'Harris
Community Member
1 year ago

Please tell me thats a joke. Please.

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Cheap landlord.

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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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