Landlords - what is your experience?

@Porcospino (19804)
Denmark
February 21, 2011 2:43am CST
Now I live in my own house, but in the past I have lived in many different apartments and I have had different experiences with the landlords. I had one very bad experience with a landlord. He didn't keep his promises, he didn't fix the things that were broken and when I moved out he tried to scam me and refused to return my security deposit. He even asked for more money. He wanted to me pay for things that were already broken when I moved in. I refused to pay, and with help from my father who is lawyer I eventually I got my money back, but it was hard. I had one very, very positive experience. He was 100% honest when I moved out I got more than $2000 back without a single problem. He was also a very friendly and helpful person, and he was definately the best landlord that I have ever had. The rest of my experiences have been somewhere between those two extremes. My last landlord was friendly in the beginning, but supercritical when we moved out. He complained about tiny details and claimed that we didn't clean the apartmnet properly etc. What kinds of experiences have you had with your landlords? Have they been honest? Did they try to scam you and make you pay more than you were supposed to? What is your expertience with landlords?
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• United States
21 Feb 11
I was a homeowner once and would have continue if there were extenuating circumstance. For the last five years I live in an apartment with my boyfriend. Our landlord does not live here so he is not aware of what we see and hear. Outside of introducing himself we have never seen and or heard from him. Since we always pay on time I suppose he does not have a need to come out. He does have a janitor who maintains the building and that is a plus. When he bought the building last year, our rent boomed a $100 bucks a month. Since it is a bit cheaper then most in the area we decided to stay. Our noisy neighbors on the other hand are loud and disruptive. We have called and left numerous messages, and even emailed and never get a response. So we shall see how our move later this year goes, but I suspect we will not get cheated fairly as not a once has he returned a call. Hopefully he will be honest and return our full deposit as we have tidied the place up quite a bit.
@Porcospino (19804)
• Denmark
21 Feb 11
I hope that you will get your deposit back and avoid problems when you move out. The situation with your neighbours must be very annoying. I have experiened the same thing in the past. We usually joked about it and said that the neighbour probably kept an elephant as a pet and had decided to teach it to dance. It often sounded that way! We called her and left her messages, but the noise never stopped. There was also a man in the building who played really, really loud music, he never listened either.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
3 Mar 11
Hi. Porcospino. The landlord that I have now tends to come by during the evening time. She stopped sending us receipts since last month. And, she came by on Saturday. Oh, how I wished that I was gone on this day! She claimed that my husband owes her over $200.00 for rent for February. My husband has already paid last month's rent which is February. So on Tuesday, he gave her a money order for $485.00 for March's rent. And he did not pay her what she claimed that he owed her. My husband has all of his money order receipts of all of the amounts that he has paid her. It is a shame that she waited until the end of February to holler that she needs more money from him. If he really owed her, then she would have been calling him the first thing during the first week of that month. She is just trying to scam us. We know that. She told my husband to call her if he has any questions. And he did call her, she told him that she would call him back, but she never did. So, when he paid for March's rent, he only paid for that, and that only. She thinks that she can just mix us up with how much of rent that we owe her. But little does she knows, my husband has been keeping his own personal records. She thinks that we are dumb and that we don't know what we have paid and what we have not paid. She tries to come over our house unexpectedly without calling him. She does this just so that she can throw us off track. I don't trust her anymore, and my husband doesn't either. We are always one step ahead of her!
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@Porcospino (19804)
• Denmark
3 Mar 11
I understand why you don't trust her, because it really sounds like she is just trying to scam you and trying get more money than she is supposed to. It is a good thing that your husband keeps his personal records, that is simply neccesary when you are dealing with people like that. In the past I have also had a landlord who tried to scam me. It wasn't about the rent, but one day he showed up at my door and handed me an extra heating bill. It was a huge amount ($300) and I knew that it couldn't true, so I refused to pay. Later I found out that he had changed the bill in order to scam me, the real bill was a totally different amount
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
3 Mar 11
Hi. Porcospino. That is a shame! How do you have to pay your landlord for an electrical bill? That is odd. See this is exactly how he can change anything up. I don't know what it is about these landlords, they think that they can rule us, but they can't! Our landlord showed me some amount that was of a print out. She just popped up out of the blue and presented me with an amount that my husband owes her. I told her that I thought that my husband had paid the rent for February. I looked at the paper, strangely. He did pay off February's rent. I saw all of his money order receipts. And whenever he pays her, he always tells me, he never keeps the rent a secret from me. I don't appreciate our landlord just trying to get more money out of us. Like I keep telling my husband, if he really owed her this amount, then he would have paid it to her without a problem, and she knows that! She could have rigged the amount on the print out to make it look like we really owed this. I would not be surprised at all, if she is just trying to get more money out of my husband to pay for the heating services that needs to be fixed. She may be trying to make my husband pay her so that she can pay the maintenance guy. Well, it is not going to come out of his pocket. It must be going to come out of hers!
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@staria (2782)
• Philippines
22 Feb 11
I have a very nice landlord way back when I am still renting an apartment. She is very considerate especially when I request/inform her that my payment would be late. When my time to leave came, I asked her to give me a month's free rental because I just needed a place to leave my things till my newly bought house was finished and she allowed me. I think most of the landlords are really not as good as her and I am lucky to find her and we are still friends till now.
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@Porcospino (19804)
• Denmark
22 Feb 11
I also think that you were lucky to find such a great landlord. She sounds like a really nice person. I have had one nice landlord myself. I must admit that I was surpriced when I discovered how honest he was, because my other experiences with landlords haven't been that positive. Pets weren't allowed in that apartment, but I asked him for permission to get two rabbits and after a while he said that it was okay. I didn't expect that, but I was very happy. When I moved out he returned my entire deposit, and that was such a great surprice!
@staria (2782)
• Philippines
22 Feb 11
And to add, I never got to see her ever, w/n my 3 years stay. I only talk to her brother and that's it, we just communicate through SMS. She even sent me a gift when I became pregnant :) Have a nice day!
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@fannitia (2170)
• Bulgaria
21 Feb 11
Hi, Porcospino, congrats for your new house! I had the chance to inherit my apartment and before I have lived in a hose owned by my father-in-law. I haven't lived in a rented place but for a certain time we have rented part of the flat, with my mother living there. What you describe shows that the law in your country protects the landlord. Here is just the opposite. If somebody moves in your home it's hard to deal with many problems. Our last tenant refused to pay for the last 3 or 4 months. And we were afraid to kick him out because he had also bills to pay. We were lucky - at least he paid the bills :))
@Porcospino (19804)
• Denmark
22 Feb 11
I think that the biggest problem in my country is the private landlords. Some apartments are owned by as company, and even though they sometimes demand too much money when you move out, they usually don't scam people the same way that some of the private landlords do. I have never experienced the situation from the opposite point of view like you have, but I can easily imagine that it can be difficult as well for instanse if the tenants don't pay the rent.
@shibham (17022)
• India
21 Feb 11
I have not too many experiences of landlord as i have my own home but i have a rent house on my working place and stay here when i need. I did not give any security deposit as it's not required. He is a polite and poor person and sometimes he borrows money from me and adjust it with the fare. Have a nice day.
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@Porcospino (19804)
• Denmark
21 Feb 11
It sounds like you have a good relationship. I am surpriced to hear that you didn't need to pay a security deposit. In my country I have never experienced a situation when I didn't have to pay a deposit when I moved in. Some landlord scam people who are looking an apartment and ask for huge deposits. This is especially a problem in the big cities where it is hard to find an apartment. I also wish you a nice day
• Philippines
21 Feb 11
I haven't experienced dealing with a crappy landlord. My landlord right now is quite upbeat and welcomy. I choose my place very cautiously and that includes choosing the landlord/landlady.
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@Porcospino (19804)
• Denmark
21 Feb 11
It is a good idea to choose your place carefully. Sometimes I have been in situation where I wasn't careful enough, I needed a place to stay quickly because I had to start school, and I took the first apartment that I found, because it would be too expensive for me to stay at a hostel or a hotel in the beginning. I also think that it becomes a easier to choose a good place when you get a little older and have more experience, because in the beginning I had no experience. It sounds like you have found a good landlord, that is great
• Poland
21 Feb 11
I also have same problems with landlords. They demand more & more. Still I haven't came across a good landlord.
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@Porcospino (19804)
• Denmark
21 Feb 11
I was very surpriced when I finally met a honest and helpful landlord, because my other experiences haven't been positive. I just moved out of an apartment and a few days after I left I had a meeting with the landlord and we had to go through the apartment together. He was very, very critical and complained about the smallest things. We had spent a lot of time on cleaning the place, but it still wasn't good enough. I got the impression he just wanted to find something to criticize no matter what, and that was quite frustrating, but there wasn't much that I could do about it.