Dealing with Horrible Landlords

By Tenant

Ever since the concept of “renting” a house has been created, the issue of the landlord and the tenant going up against each other have been there. It has become part of the things you have to go through when having to rent or renting out. As a tenant myself, I have to put up with some complaints against my landlord. From experience, I learned that the best way to deal with a horrible landlord is not have one at all. Before moving in, you have to do your best not to research things about our landlord.  So how do you know that you are renting to a good landlord even before moving in?

  • Ask some questions. During your meeting with your prospective landlord, they usually give interviews: ask you about yourself, family, work, etc. Answer them as honestly as you can. But remember that the interview goes both ways. Ask him a couple questions yourself. Doing this would give you a good idea what your landlord’s attitude might be.
  • Ask the current tenants about him. Make sure that before doing this, you inform the LL that you going to do a little bit of research before deciding yourself.
  • Ask the LL for reference. Be polite and ask if you can get references from him (numbers to call, people to talk to).
  • Research the internet. There are websites that post negative records and complaints under the landlords name if there are any.

But if in case you did your homework and still a pretty crappy landlord, there are some things you can do to help you go through the ordeal.

  • Pay your rent on time. This will make them ease up on you and give you a break.
  • Address their complaints against you as politely as you can. Being polite and humble can always appease a raging bull.
  • Avoid them if you can. Except when paying rent.
  • File a complaint. If you do have a problem with your landlord, file a complaint against them with mediation companies like the RPA.

Edited on: Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 1:35 am

15 Responses to “Dealing with Horrible Landlords”

My response: (We welcome stories, examples, explanations, answers and a touch of your personality)


March 6th, 2013 1:40 am

Ahh. That’s part of business. Issues always come up.


March 6th, 2013 12:00 pm

Landlords and tenants always demonize each other. I would think that’s science. lol.


March 6th, 2013 10:00 pm

I won’t be surprised that one of these days


March 7th, 2013 8:20 am



March 7th, 2013 6:40 pm

I read this


March 8th, 2013 4:40 am

I’d say this is a cool post. I learned a lot.


March 8th, 2013 2:40 pm

If people can afford a home


March 9th, 2013 12:40 am

You could just read yout lease agreement and your laws about renting and then you wouldn’t have to worry about getting bullied by the landlord.


March 9th, 2013 10:40 am

Filing a complaint with some agencies like the RPA would teach these landlords a lesson.


March 9th, 2013 9:00 pm

There are always good and bad sides of a fence.


March 10th, 2013 7:00 am

Not all landlords are horrible. You just want to make sure you don’t end up with one.


March 10th, 2013 5:00 pm

Do your due diligence when planning to rent. That includes researching on your landlord.


March 11th, 2013 5:00 am

Agencies like the RPA have an public record on landlords with unresolved / unanswered complaints


March 11th, 2013 3:20 pm

I’m a landlord and hope I don’t end up with a horrible tenant. lol.


March 12th, 2013 1:00 am

Nice post!


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