The Worst Landlord Ever!

United States
August 28, 2015 12:29pm CST
I've been living in a boarding house for just over two years, because my fiance` needed to rebuild his rental history. I had never lived in a place like that before, but I have learned a great deal about a whole different aspect of living. The main problem here though is our landlord, who makes rules that only some people have to abide by, and threatens people with eviction when they do the right thing. Four months ago, this house was, to put it mildly, a health hazard waiting to happen. someone had broken the flush handle off of the toilet, leaving a jagged end that could cut someone, the bathtub was filthy, unless my fiance` or I cleaned it, which hardly did any good as it was no sooner clean than someone would dirty it again, the kitchen sink was filled with dirty dishes, and the front door was often left open, even in the middle of the night. There was also the no smoking rule, which some people were screamed at for breaking, while others were allowed to walk around the house with lit cigarettes without even risking a slap on the wrist. In addition to all this, there were tenants who would bring over their loud, unruly friends, who would do such wonderfully creative things as tie doors together, so that they wouldn't open, ring peoples' doorbells at night and then, run away, stick hot mustard packets in the garbage disposal and under the toilet seat, and generally make nucences of themselves. Then, four months ago, new tenants moved into the room next door, and my fiance` and I had new allies in the fight against keeping this place from turning into a flophouse. In the beginning, it seemed that our landlord liked this, and he made our neighbor Richard the manager here. Armed with this new authority, Richard began to try to remove the unsavory elements from the house. Of course, this made him enemies, like the prostitute, who apparently brought her Johns into the house, and whose son and his friends were responsible for the string and doorbell incidents. Our landlord gave the prostitute and her son two twenty day notices of eviction, neither of which were heeded. when Richard called the police to have them escorted off the property, the landlord became angry, at him, simply for trying to uphold his supposed rules. The long and the short of it was that the landlord threatened my fiance` and by extension me, with eviction simply for siding with Richard, and when that didn't work, he tried to use guilt trips on him. He also threatened Richard and his woman with eviction for calling the police. My fiance` and I were recently approved for an apartment, so we're leaving at the end of September, or the beginning of October, but for those who must stay here, this house is a far cleaner and safer place than it used to be. Richard should be thanked, not bullied. One of my theories is that if this house actually began attracting a cleaner, more educated group of tenants, then, it would be harder for our landlord to hide his obvious greed, and contempt for those who live under the roof he owns. If you're in Tacoma Washington, do not rent from this guy. If you want to know who he is, so that you can avoid him, send me a message, and I'll get back to you.
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@sharon6345 (138669)
• United States
28 Aug 15
I lived in one as well. It was so bad till I got there and started cleaning it up. No toilet tissue or soap until I bought it. No table cloth curtians nothing till I bought them. Soon,I could not keep soap or toilet tissue so I kept them in my room. The landlord was getting checks from welfare for people who did not live there. I reported him to the state and they made us all move and shut down his house. veryone hated me but i did not care.
• Richmond, Virginia
28 Aug 15
Unfortunately, I know some slum lords. People like that should not be doing the things that they do. I think these slum lords should be made to live in there own homes.