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One woman in a flat had a dog (which we didn't really mind) but was a bit mental. One day she upped and left without paying her last months rent but also smeared dog s**t all over the walls.

Landlord - 21/09/2021

We rented a place to a old Polish woman, one day when we went round to collect rent we saw mattresses everywhere and about 40 pairs of shoes in the hallway. We asked her to leave and take the entire Polish population of Glasgow with her.

Landlord - 21/09/2021

We go into the apartment to prepare it for the next tenants...one room is dark brownish tar coloured from all of the cigarette smoke. The couches and mattresses they left smell of dried urine. There is saran wrap rubber banded around the smoke detector I am required by law to provide for them in the kitchen.

Landlord - 19/09/2021

I should mention the house is falling down, both front and back lawns are dead, has several DIY refurbishments including a closed off garage and extra bathroom, strange smell from under the house, and no air conditioning. All these refurbishments are poorly done and illegal.

Tenant - 19/09/2021

Termites crawling out of the cracks between the tiles in the floor in multiple parts of the house on a daily basis(hundreds and hundreds in each location+plus he's trying to charge us for the damages, 1200 pounds).

Tenant - 19/09/2021

Just had some tenants move out who had been erratic with their rent payments and had pissing off the other tenants in the building. We finally bit the bullet and paid the attorney to begin filing for eviction. They moved out the next week.

Landlord - 19/09/2021

There was a problem with cockroaches that went on for weeks and weeks without being resolved. I ended up laying baits, mopping the floors with borax solution, and gassing it with mortein roach bombs. Nothing seemed to work. It didn't help that there was a greasy fast food place on the ground floor, and the landlord let them get away with keeping all these old oil barrels and other food rubbish around in our car park.

Tenant - 18/09/2021

We also had a woman who was also a bit mental and didn't pay rent for something like 7 years and was a hoarder. She was on housing benefit and we would get some money very irregularly, but in the UK its hard to kick people out who are having problems.

Landlord - 18/09/2021

In the kids room, the walls are covered with kids writing. There are numerous holes punched in the walls. We hauled out a full dump trailed full of garbage (admittedly containing the aforementioned furniture). I am still dreading what might be lurking in the fridge. The carpets had to be peeled off the floor (and they weren't glued down).

Landlord - 17/09/2021

The block of units i lived in was in a really s**t part of a bit of a rough suburb. The landlord didn't care to maintain it well and it was frequently vandalised by local kids. They wouldn't spend money on fixing the apartments either. The insides of them were badly in need of renovation.

Tenant - 18/09/2021

I had a tenant remove the kitchen island and bring it outside by the pool because they needed an outdoor serving area.

Landlord - 17/09/2021

We had one tenant who wouldn't pay rent. We followed the protocols to evict him but he kept getting the judge to agree to an extension. He ended up staying rent free for 7 months. He also complained about anything and everything. "The neighbors are too loud" "Someone's car alarm went off across the street", "one of the neighbours has a cat and I'm allergic". There is literally nothing I can do to remedy those situations.

Landlord - 17/09/2021

I had a landlord that was taking my rent money then NOT paying his mortgage. He did that so long our place was foreclosed on and suddenly for sale. I figured this out on day when somebody hammered a ‘For Sale: Foreclosed’ sign in my front yard.

Tenant - 16/09/2021

Basically every landlord I had at uni  would find excuses to take as much of your security deposit as possible. We'd make sure everything was spotless when we left, and they'd be like "oops, there were some crumbs in the oven. Better charge you each £20/hour for a cleaning service to come through for 5 hours.

Tenant - 15/09/2021

The last apartment complex I lived in, we had a problem with the landlord doing this. (In his defense, he was in the early stages of dementia) He would show up, walk in without notice or even knocking, rummage through a closet or pull the washing machine away from the wall, then leave out the opposite door and go rummage in the common space basement.

Tenant - 14/09/2021

My landlord complains that I don't have enough problems with the apartment for him to fix. He's retired and just wants stuff to do.

Tenant - 13/09/2021

My dad used to be a landlord, and one of his tenants claimed the fridge was broken, food was ruined, etc. So dad orders a new fridge, takes a week or two to get there gets it up the stairs, into this guy's apartment, and the place smells rancid. Opens the fridge and all food was still in there. My dad asked him "your fridge is broken, why didn't you throw out the food?" and the tenant responded with "Well...I got's to keep my food cold!"

Landlord - 13/09/2021

My parents had these people renting out a house... Lets just say this, they said it was the dog.... There was no dog.

Landlord - 12/09/2021

I was a shitty tenant and always late with rent but the things he would do were illegal. One of the times I was late with rent, I came home and found glue had been squirted in the door lock so I couldn't get in. Fortunately, I had this weird balcony that was over the laundry room downstairs. I climbed out the hallway window onto the balcony, then into my apt via one of the windows. Then I took the door lock off and soaked it in acetone to clean out the glue.

Tenant - 12/09/2021

I heard other horror stories from other tenants. One guy had some medical emergency and called the landlord to say he would come by a day or two late to pay rent, since he was currently in the hospital. Landlord locked him out of his apt.

Tenant - 12/09/2021

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