If you've ever lived in a rented apartment, you know the drill. Mold is sneaking out from the corner of your bedroom? Call the landlord. Your only hot water source for the past week has been a kettle? Call the proprietor. But often, it sounds easier said than done.
Not only are landladies and landlords notorious offenders in not picking up the phone when you need them the most, they are also sometimes known for “look at all these property problems, I don’t give a damn.” Spoilers: zero damns given.
So no wonder many tenants are taking photo evidence as their last resort in a fight to make their houses somewhat more livable. And the corner of Reddit called LandlordLove [sarcasm detected] documents the most troubling cases of "leeching landlords" in hopes to "abolish the archaic practice of landlording where housing is not considered a right but a privilege to be paid for."
Of course, troublesome tenant and landlord dynamics don’t end there. Sometimes, the former are not innocent either when refusing to pay rent or subletting their couch to some random dude at uni. And although we may never find the truth, we can at least take a glimpse into what it takes.
Psst! More examples of how some landlords neglect their tenants can be find in our previous post right here.
Be Aware Of Your Rights, Everybody
As if the communication between landlords and tenants wasn’t hard enough already, the worldwide pandemic has put an extra strain on it. In a previous in-depth interview with Bored Panda, Joshua Browder, the CEO of DoNotPay, which is the world’s first robot lawyer, explained more about the current situation in the US.
“Landlords are straining their relationship because they are desperate. Across the world, there are laws in place that prevent evictions and allow tenants to get an extension on their rent.” According to Joshua, “landlords are using extraordinary tactics, including even checking a tenant's tax refund with the IRS, to get a payment.”
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In addition to common property problems that don’t always get sorted with one phone call, many tenants are feeling pressured to pay up during quarantine. However, Joshua suggested that tenants ignore the pressure since “There is nothing the landlord can do and they are best by not responding.”
“If the landlord keeps messaging or visiting the tenant, then they should document these actions and may even have the basis for a harassment claim.”
Imagine Paying For Someone’s Negligence
With the pandemic putting our lives as we knew them before to the test, Josh believes that changes will stay in the rented property market too.
“Over the past two years, landlords have had the upper hand. They have treated tenants as disposable customers that they could charge incredibly high prices. In the future, not only will landlords be much more reasonable about prices, but also focus on retaining tenants by treating them with much more respect and leniency,” he said.
Won’t Anybody Think Of The Poor, Unfortunate L A N D L O R D S ?!
Are You Sure?
In What Reality Is This Normal?
Josh expects landlords to be much more compliant in order to “keep the tenant for the longer term.” This may change some of their common tactics like charging a late fee if the tenant was unable to pay their rent on time. However, these are just forecasts and the overall dynamics may well stay just as problematic.