The tenant-landlord relationship can be a complicated one. It's not easy to be a landlord with disrespectful tenants who don't pay their rent on time or who have managed to break the oven three times, but there are also some awful landlords out there.
Owning a property and actually having it be livable are apparently two separate conditions for some landlords. From secret cameras to caved in roofs, these pictures show that not all landlords should be allowed to be in charge of other people's apartments.
Run Away, Immediately
"Is this mold? Is it dangerous?" The answer to both of those questions is undoubtedly yes. If the ceiling of your apartment looks like this but your landlord is refusing to fix it, you should probably refuse to pay for your apartment.
Now Do You Believe Me?
If your landlord doesn't respond to your initial concern about the evident crack in your ceiling, wait until a pipe and some insulation falls through — they'll be at your front door ASAP.
Did They Stop Fixing It Halfway Through?
While the Reddit user who posted this picture wasn't exactly thrilled with their landlord's solution to the broken tap, it is "fixed." It'll rust a lot of faster than other handles might, but it'll be quick and easy to replace when it breaks again!
Not Exactly What They Were Hoping For
After a break-in happened on their street, these tenants asked their landlord if they could have some extra security on the front door (understandably.) What is not as understandable is how a landlord thought that this was the security they were looking for.
Who's In Control Here?
Lucky for this guy, screwdrivers are relatively cheap so this one is more inconvenient than particularly awful, depending on what the temperature is set at.
Time To Move
PSA: If there are mushrooms growing out of your carpet, it doesn't matter what a fungi your landlord is, he needs to deal with your water damaged floors or you need to find a new forest to live in.
A Little Natural Light
This door looks like the Kool-Aid Man is about to burst through it at any second, which, as entertaining as that might be, is not the kind of security we need from a front door.
A Not-So Gated Community
Adding a gate for extra security into the complex seemed like a nice idea to the tenants until they realized their landlord wasn't able to figure out how to actually do that.
It's Meant For Small, Narrow Items Only
Don't be so greedy! Your landlord just installed a brand new microwave for you, but now you want to be able to open it all the way? You're asking for too much.
The Landlord Was Feeling Sluggish About Dealing With This
If you're a landlord and your tenants tell you they're dealing with a slug infestation in their home, you should probably believe them. Literally no one would make that up. No one wants to manifest that for themselves.
Big Brother Is Always Watching
Remember folks, if your landlord claims they're doing work in your apartment then you later discover they actually installed a wifi surveillance camera that records audio and video, you should probably move out.
Built-In Fire Starter
No, that is not a chunk of dirt coming out of someone's outlet - that's the "insulation" that was causing the outlet to spark repeatedly. If your landlord refuses to investigate a problem you tell them about, it's always worth it to take a look for yourself so you know which outlets will potentially set your place on fire.
Sure, That Works
Not really what they were hoping for when they asked for more outdoor light around the garbage area, but the landlord technically did what they wanted.
Don't Let This Drag-On
No matter how much you love Game of Thrones, waking up to discover that your landlord has purchased a giant sculpture of a dragon to display in the front yard is not an ideal situation.
Now It's An Obstacle Course
This person was told by their landlord that they'd be installing railings around the porch in order to make it safer, but they weren't expecting that railing to keep them from going outside.
Hanging By A Thread
Typically, when people ask their landlord to fix something, it's because they're not capable of doing it themselves. However, if they had known that this was an acceptable solution to a rain gutter that had fallen off, they would've just done it themselves.
Is He A Friend Of Yours?
If there is this much wood exposed in your house, your landlord has some serious work to do, unless this little guy is a new roommate you weren't notified about.
It All Comes Crashing Down Eventually
The advantage to renting an apartment rather than owning one is that when the ceiling caves in (after you've told the landlord multiple times that it was leaking), it's not your responsibility to clean up the mess!
"So My Friends Landlord Thinks This Is No Big Deal"
No big deal, just, you know, MUSHROOMS GROWING FROM THE CEILING. This can't be good, and what lies above the drywall is terrifying. Hopefully, they got out of there ASAP.
The Root Of The Problem
We're going to go out on a limb and say that these tree roots might be the reason behind those water pipe issues you've been having. Just a hunch, hard to say for sure though.
There Must Be A Better Way
Oh there's a giant, leaking hole in the ceiling? The obvious solution is buckets. What about when those buckets fill up with water? More buckets. It's the only option to manage this leaky roof.
It'll Be A Stairway To Heaven If You Try To Walk Up These
There was a miscommunication between the landlord and the contractor, so now this tenant has steps attached to a porch with no entrance. The porch looks pretty crooked anyway, so it's probably for the best that you can't get on it.
No More Screwing Around
If you suddenly discover that your windows are screwed shut, you should probably be a little concerned. Whether they were recently screwed shut or you've just never noticed before, it's a bit of a safety concern.
He's An Artist, Not A Plumber
We hope for the tenants' sake that this "solution" for their leaking roof was only temporary, but the fact that they posted it on the internet makes us think that maybe they were living with it for longer than they'd like.
A fire inspector or an electrician (or really any sane person) would have a field day with all these wires. This feels like an accident waiting to happen, but beggars can't be choosers, right? You have to weigh the risks and decide which apartment is least likely to get you killed.
Can You Cut The Rent In Half Too?
These tenants asked their landlord to trim the tree so that it wouldn't be leaning on the house or the gutters, but they didn't expect to end up with a tree out of a Dr. Seuss book, understandably.
Double The Risk
When they asked for a dead bolt to add some security to their apartment, this is not what they were thinking. All they're left with is two handles that can easily be broken.
A Secret Cupboard For Tall People Only
It's not a collapsed ceiling or a bug infestation, but how is a cupboard that has no handles and is higher than the rest helpful at all? There will just have to be a minimum height requirement for whoever the next tenant is.
It's All About Compromise
You finally got those countertops raised after your landlord has been talking about doing it for months, but now your outlet is half cut off by those brand new counters. Maybe it's an electricity-saving move on their part.
Pretty, But Useless
This girl complained to her landlord about a housefly infestation and her solution was a venus flytrap a la Little Shop of Horrors. We're not sure what the appetite of a venus flytrap is, but one little plant probably won't eat the hundreds of flies that were in this girl's kitchen.
A (Hopefully) Temporary Fix
After a stray bullet damaged some of the wood on their house, this person's landlord quite literally decided to fix the situation by putting a bandaid on a bullet wound. Hopefully, he was just being funny and will actually be fixing it soon.
What Is This? A Shower For Ants?
No, this wasn't installed like this before a tall person moved in. According to the user who posted the photo, their landlord came in and did this after they moved in. At least their calves will be super clean.
Maybe It's A Spa Shower?
According to the user, whenever their shower breaks the landlord just installs a new shower head. It makes sense in theory, but they're going to run out of space real soon.
I'm not an expert on every code that landlords have to follow but my gut tells me that charging for elevator use is not legal. If it's not in the contract it's not legal.
The Jig Is Up
It's all finally making sense. That time you had the flu and were sweating so you tried to turn down the heat but it stayed at 80F? Yep. It's all coming together now.
They Said The Storage Room Smelled Strange
A landlord decided to deal with a funky smell coming out of the storage room by hanging an air freshener. But what I want to know is what the heck is the thing growing out of the ceiling?!
What Were They Expecting?
This landlord definitely doesn't get a prize in academics. I'm not sure what they were expecting to get from asking that question other than a snarky response like this.
The Ultimate Security System
I can't speak for the renter of this unit, but nothing makes me feel better than knowing I'm safe at night with a thin chain held together by a dollar-store lock and key.
Weird Flex, But OK
This weird flex (that might not even be a flex) is totally unnecessary here. Why does this landlord think his (maybe) Masters degree matters here? We have a fragile man on the prowl.
I Mean...It's Not A Terrible Solution
I don't hate this solution as long as the dead rodent was removed. If the rodent wasn't removed and these cheap bars of soap are just there masking the smell then that's a problem.
So This Is The Fire Plan?
This person's landlord has a foolproof plan in case of fire. The worst part about this is that there is room for more than one water bottle in that case, and the landlord still decided to skimp.
You Can See The Sag
This is not the solution you were expecting, nor is it the solution you wanted your landlord to come up with after you told him that a giant crack had appeared in the ceiling in your living room.
A Multipurpose Room
For all those times that you were cooking something and didn't want to go to the bathroom in case you burned the food, this apartment has your solution. A toilet directly next to the stove solves your problems, but it also creates some new issues.
You Won't Be Swimming Anytime Soon
Finding an apartment complex that has a swimming pool would be a big selling point. What the landlord failed to mention at the time though is that the pool is permanently closed.
Time To Get The Broom
The ceiling caved in, but the landlord said they can't find the leak until next time it rains, so they're left with a skylight in the bathroom and a mess on the floor instead of a proper ceiling.
Don't Forget To Floss
As a permanent reminder from your friendly, local landlord who cares deeply about your dental health, someone painted the actual dental floss stick onto the wall. It's unclear if it was a clean or used one...
Make Your Own Heat
Their landlord may have turned down the heat in the middle of a Minnesota winter in order to save on heating costs, but he forgot that he pays the electric bill, so this person got creative.
You Can't See It, So It Doesn't Exist
When you tell someone that there's a loose grate in the backyard that you fell through, you expect that they'll replace it, right? Wrong. A box over the hole is plenty safe.
Work On Your Squat Form
When your landlord said he was installing a handheld showerhead in the bathroom, you got your hopes up. While he technically delivered on that promise, it only reaches half your body unless you're ready to squat.
Sure, it's not the worst apartment bathroom we've seen, but there's at least a 70% chance that you're going to bump into that toilet every day when you get out of the shower.
Your Roommate Is A Trash Panda
You think you know someone right? You've been living with them for months, you've shared meals with them, had some great times, then they leave their door open one day and realize that you've actually been living with Oscar The Grouch.
Honestly, as far as apologies, a box full of bacon is a pretty good one. So you got slapped in the face by your roommate... twice. You now have tons of bacon! It balances out.
The Kitchen Floor Will Be Clean Too Now!
This roommate who's hanging his head in shame learned that day that there is, in fact, a difference between dishwasher soap and dish soap, and he didn't use the right one in this situation.
Late Night Lunchable Thief
This person's roommate, who is basically the equivalent to He Who Shall Not Be Named, opened all of their lunchables so they could eat the cookies, then put the rest back in the fridge.
Seems Like A Viable Option
Why use Tupperware or a smaller dish to store your leftovers when you could just cover the baking sheet in saran wrap and take up the entire top shelf of the fridge?
This Probably Took Them The Whole Week
One guy made the mistake of going on holiday for a week and came back to find his roommates has transformed his room into a tinfoil covered paradise, including individual tin foil wrapped clothing pieces.
He Still Cleaned Though
His roommate had a date coming over and asked if he'd clean up his room quickly, so naturally, he decided to make a shrine to Princess Diana for his roommate and his date to see.
Guess You're Sharing Your Bathroom Now
For April's Fools Day, one man took on the task of turning his roommate's bathroom into a chicken coop equipped with not one, but two live chickens, because why not? That's such a fun prank and not difficult to clean up at all.
Your Very Own Aquarium
Christian opened the fridge to find live fish swimming around in the produce bins and was informed that his roommate's fish tank had broken so he needed a place to store them for a couple days... Couldn't a bowl or a bucket have been a better option?
Don't Disrespect The Pumpkin Pie
What kind of savage would do this? Eating your roommate's food is like the cardinal sin of living with someone, but not even having the dignity to eat it properly makes this heinous act even worse.
Swim Team Tryouts Are Next Week
This guy's roommate left the sink on while he was defrosting meat but then he decided to make a "quick" trip to Walmart and forgot to turn the water off, so now their dorm room doubles as a swimming pool.
The Least You Could Do Is Rinse It Off
There are definitely worse crimes to commit as a roommate, but it would be annoying (and a little gross) to live with someone who leaves the scoop for their cat's litter box in the sink every single day.
Oh, are you wondering what exactly it is that you're looking at? Someone's roommate was feeling festive and bought themselves a pumpkin for Halloween, but never got around to throwing it out so it sat rotting on their windowsill for over six months.
Stick To Non-Plastic Spatulas
This guy's roommate insisted on always heating the pan before he cooked anything, but what he didn't insist on was carefully watching the pan and noticing that the plastic spatula was melting into it.
Clearly He Isn't Passing Chemistry
How does someone accidentally fill a dorm room with "above toxic levels" of hydrogen fluoride? We're also fairly certain it would take more than a couple of hours to air out a room filled with toxic gas, but clearly they lived long enough to post this, so that's a good sign.
Donate It All
Despite what it may look like, this person is not in the process of moving. They've been living with this for over two months, with no end in sight as their roommate has yet to attempt to unpack this mountain.
The Mystery Burn Mark
After kicking her roommate out, this girl discovered a burn hole bigger than the size of a pineapple hidden under the roommate's bed. The cause is unknown, as is the solution to the problem.
A Purple Pity Party
In a moment that can only be described as a quarter-life crisis, one roommate decided to dye their hair purple. Unfortunately, they also apparently decided not to properly clean up after themselves.
No More Clowning Around
If you're looking to give your roommate a heart attack the moment they wake up and/or make them wet the bed, do what this guy's roommates did and leave a clown statue in their bed while they're sleeping!
Let The Prank War Begin
These roommates decided to start a prank war in the house, and they were not messing around with the starting prank. And yes, in case you're wondering, these were all filled with water.