Everyone’s dream is to have their own house or apartment one day. It’s just different when the property belongs to you as you can make sure it is in good condition and is not dangerous to live in. Most of you probably have experience with renting, whether it was a long-term home or a temporary stay and in some cases might have noticed that the landlords don’t care about the rented property as much as they would if they lived there themselves. 

There are landlords who actually don’t care at all and have no sympathy for those who have to live in horrible conditions. And when nobody helps them, they go online to vent about what they are going through, so Bored Panda compiled some of the terrible stories that people shared.

#1

mirandalang Report

Robert T
Community Member
6 months ago

I hope you followed this one up with the appropriate authorities.

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Landlords don’t have a good reputation. Of course, there are caring landlords who fix the problems tenants have immediately and even are decent people that you can have a cup of afternoon tea with.

But these kinds of landlords aren’t talked too much about because they are just normal and how they are supposed to be. What people do talk a lot about are the landlords that come to check on their tenants unannounced, who don’t fix mold growing on walls and who increase rent months into the contract. 

#2

Our Landlord Keeps Saying There's Nothing Wrong With Our Shower

Our Landlord Keeps Saying There's Nothing Wrong With Our Shower

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ima cat
Community Member
6 months ago

Someone died in that shower.

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#3

What Happens When Your Landlord Refuses To Deal With Bathroom Damp Properly

What Happens When Your Landlord Refuses To Deal With Bathroom Damp Properly

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ima cat
Community Member
6 months ago

Cook it in a stew and give it to your landlord!

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Bored Panda got in contact with Dan Wilson Craw, the Deputy Director of Generation Rent, an organisation that is "fighting to stop renters being unfairly evicted from their homes" and who is "fighting for renters to live in safe, decent homes that they can afford." They are the team behind the hashtag #VentYourRent" which is a movement towards change.

We asked why some landlords seem to not care about the people who live in their properties that might be even dangerous. Dan Wilson Craw didn't have a certain answer, "It is hard to know how slum landlords sleep at night, but the rental market attracts unsavoury characters who know that they can make a lot of money from desperate people who will accept very poor housing that rarely gets inspected. If a tenant complains it is easy to force them out with a rent increase or a no-fault eviction, and replace them with someone else who is desperate for a roof over their head."

#4

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Jo Choto
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm pretty sure that no matter what country you are in, you call the local housing authority to report substandard living conditions and you cannot be expected to pay full rent. In fact, I think the landlord may even be responsible for accommodating you somewhere else until the problem is fixed.

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People who shared their experiences online had their ceiling collapse even though they warned their landlords that it would if nothing was fixed. Some people were constantly visited by their landlords without calling first, and others had to deal with literal mushrooms growing from cracks.

These issues should be fixed by the landlord even if they aren’t legally required to as it’s their property and it would be unfair to put that burden on the tenant because they won’t live there forever. Plus, tenants often pay ridiculous prices for being able to live there so it is reasonable to expect that money to be used to make their homes livable. 

#5

$1950/Month Shower Completely Falls Apart Been Like This For 2 Months And Various Calls To Maintenance And Still Nothing

$1950/Month Shower Completely Falls Apart Been Like This For 2 Months And Various Calls To Maintenance And Still Nothing

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Jo Choto
Community Member
6 months ago

That's going to require an entire rehab of the shower cubicle. I would suggest a call to the local housing authority.

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#6

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Buren
Community Member
6 months ago

Holy rat! And I thought fridge is one of the very few places that is rat proof.

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The Deputy Director explained what are the legal requirements for landlords in the UK, "Landlords have to keep properties in a safe condition and must also ensure the property has an Energy Performance Certificate, an annual gas safety certificate and in some cases a licence. When a tenancy starts, the landlord must protect the tenant’s deposit, and provide a How To Rent guide. If any of these things are missing the landlord cannot evict the tenant without providing a reason – though if your home is unsafe you need the council to serve an improvement notice to protect you. Although landlords ordinarily don’t need a reason to evict tenants, they must still follow a legal process. If landlords fail to license their properties, ignore an improvement notice or evict a tenant illegally, the tenant can claim back rent."

#7

TheBatChef Report

R Carson
Community Member
6 months ago

FIGURES

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#8

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Jo Choto
Community Member
6 months ago

AirBnB would surely refund that, even if the owner didn't want to.

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Landlords are paid for just owning a property by a person who doesn’t have it. That means they have power over them and because their tenant needs a place to live, they can dictate the rules.

Their main objective is to earn money because landlords may not even have a job and rely on income from their renters. They put the least amount of money into the house after it has been rented to someone so that they can earn more. 

#9

Is This Safe And Secure? Landlord Is Denying Our Maintenance Request

Is This Safe And Secure? Landlord Is Denying Our Maintenance Request

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existn't
Community Member
6 months ago

no

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Our interviewee agrees that "Ultimately a lot of the rights that tenants have to a safe home are undermined by the sheer power imbalance in the rental market, where landlords can bully tenants into silence with the threat of a Section 21 notice or an unaffordable rent increase, and the housing shortage means few tenants can simply move somewhere better."

We wondered if there is anything that people should take notice when signing a contract to avoid getting into such homes that are falling apart and the landlord is indifferent to those issues, but turns out, there is not much help from that "Tenancy agreements will rarely include information that will help tenants avoid getting ripped off, or show tenants where to look to understand their rights."

#10

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
6 months ago

I thought I had mice at my old apartment. It turns out it was just a mouse a little baby causing all this damage luckily I was able to back it into a pantry and catch it with a pasta strainer once I released it I never had a problem again for 7 years till I moved out. Well not with mice.

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Those nasty landlords are usually not business people who are used to meeting their clients' needs and compromising because at the end of the day, a landlord and a tenant have a business relationship as the former provides a service and the latter buys that service.

Those numbers they see in cash or in their bank accounts may make them even more greedy and forget to budget for maintenance, repairs and other expenses that come with owning a property.

#11

AndyKCoates Report

Camilo Is best
Community Member
6 months ago

Logic

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#12

At My Airbnb There’s A Mushroom Growing Out Of The Bathroom Door

At My Airbnb There’s A Mushroom Growing Out Of The Bathroom Door

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ima cat
Community Member
6 months ago

He seems like a fun guy.

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Have you ever been in a similar situation as people who shared their stories? If you have any of your own, feel free to share them in the comments! Also, don’t forget to upvote the stories that you felt were the most unfair and let us know your opinion on how such situations can be prevented.

#13

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Kipper
Community Member
6 months ago

I hope you didn't pay....simple!

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#14

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Lori Ashley
Community Member
6 months ago

I would say naming and feeding them would make them "pets" and those aren't allowed. So the landlord would have to get them out.

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#15

I Brought Bed Bugs Home From Airbnb Stay

I Brought Bed Bugs Home From Airbnb Stay

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Jo Choto
Community Member
6 months ago

That's unfortunate, but often the problem is not known until it's too late.

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#16

MisterABK Report

Ti Wa
Community Member
6 months ago

If your landlord let's himself in without notice, why not just call the police?

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#17

Culture_Katy Report

Robert T
Community Member
6 months ago

Whilst it is pretty crappy, this is likely to be perfectly legal. Someone has to pay for the damage and unless you have insurance, it is unfortunately likely to be you that has to pay.

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#18

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Jo Choto
Community Member
6 months ago

Exactly what part of the building were you supposed to stay in? Also, cable running through the pool!?!?!?

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#19

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Terry Tobias
Community Member
6 months ago

No.

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#20

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Terry Tobias
Community Member
6 months ago

Get out!

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#21

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Annie Bieber
Community Member
6 months ago

So decorative...🙄

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#22

I Was At An Airbnb With This Extremely Dirty Sponge (Left). We Asked The Owner For A Cleaner One And She Gave Us This (Right)

I Was At An Airbnb With This Extremely Dirty Sponge (Left). We Asked The Owner For A Cleaner One And She Gave Us This (Right)

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
6 months ago

Who calls their Airbnb host for a sponge?

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#23

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Tonya Darnell-Stone
Community Member
6 months ago

There are Laws for this

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#24

The Toilet Seat In My Airbnb

The Toilet Seat In My Airbnb

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Kipper
Community Member
6 months ago

Bum pincher!

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#25

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Robert T
Community Member
6 months ago

If this is a property with locking rooms for different tenants, then it is classed as a HMO (House of Multiple Occupancy) and there are a whole raft of additional rules that need to be complied with, especially around fire safety. The door may or may not be compliant, but it will have to have adequate smoke alarms etc.

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#26

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
6 months ago

Landlords who rent to students know that their tenants are almost certainly unaware of the laws that protect tenants. They get away with a lot of illegal stuff that way. (I live in a college town.)

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#27

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Sarge's Heroes
Community Member
6 months ago

I see Pompey and San Diego have very similar standards.

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#28

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BusLady
Community Member
6 months ago

I had a landlord who hired a service to mow the lawns. The mower threw a rock that shattered our front window and the landlord expected us to pay to replace it.

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#29

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existn't
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

under a bath with children very much?

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#30

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existn't
Community Member
6 months ago

the more i see the airbnb logo the more it looks like balls

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