When it comes to renting a home, tenants have certain expectations of their landlords. They expect to be treated fairly, to have their concerns addressed in a timely manner, and to be able to live in a safe and well-maintained property. However, not all landlords live up to these expectations. In fact, some landlords are so bad that they shouldn’t be allowed to have tenants at all. Read on to learn about a few particularly egregious examples of landlords who mistreated their tenants and broke the law.
This Landlord Purposely Breached Their Contract So They Could Sue the Tenant
Our first bad landlord story is a cautionary tale. Dirty landlords will try to get you on technicalities; and this renter learned that the hard way. His apartment lease stated that the landlord paid for water and sewer. Three months in, the water was cut off because the landlord did not pay for it. They insisted that it was a mistake to put it on the lease. He ended up having to pay for the water and sewer. But then when he moved out, they billed him $1,500 for breach of contract. The clause in the contract stated, “In the event of a breach of contract the renter will be liable for a $1,500 breach of contract fee.” When he pointed out they were the ones in breach of contract they replied, “The clause has nothing to do with who breached the contract. It only states that you are responsible for the breach of contract fee.” Thankfully, he didn’t pay and there were no serious repercussions.