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Tenant says landlord forced them to show apartment, so they point out flaws


A tenant says that after his landlord threatened to sue if he didn’t show his flat to potential tenants while he was still there, he decided to comply and simply report the place’s problems.

Posting to Reddit’s r/malicious compliance board, u/Artloveandbeauty racked up over 32,800 upvotes and 1,700 comments with their story of following the letter, if not necessarily the spirit, of their owner’s request.

The post, titled “The landlord wants me to show my apartment while I’m still there,” is straight to the point.

“He threatened legal action if I didn’t comply. So now every potential tenant is entitled to EVERYTHING the landlord has failed to fix, as well as how long it’s been since I asked for a repair,” u/Artloveandbeauty wrote. .

“They can keep sending people if they want lmao. Everyone said ‘omg thank you’,” they added.

A tenant who reports anything his landlord didn’t fix after he was forced to show his apartment to potential tenants posted his story on Reddit on Wednesday. In this photo, a real estate agent shows an apartment.
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Rental regulations and tenant rights laws vary from state to state. In most cases, however, prior notice from the owner is required to enter the property. According to investment site The Nest, there is nothing stopping a landlord from showing an already occupied property, provided they give notice. However, the Nest also recommends that landlords offer a tenant who is not happy to show the apartment a small amount of money per visit, either in cash or as a deduction from the rent.

Also, giving the tenant notice gives them time to put the apartment in order. A Redditor explained why advance notice is a good thing.

“had a clause like this in most leases I signed. I was provided with 3 days notice,” u/jasondbk wrote. “I was out of town on a business trip. I came home to find a note that they were going to show my apartment. I had been gone long enough to only receive this note after they showed it. I didn’t have time to clean up or prep for this showing.”

The Redditor went on to explain that, not knowing the apartment was going to be shown, several elements of an adult nature were left where everyone could see them.

“They never showed the apartment again,” u/jasondbk wrote.

Another user shared a horror story of a particularly free owner with the keys to the place.

“I rented the place after evicting the previous tenants (six adults in a one bedroom apartment). He gave the evictees a key a month after I lived there because they have said they forgot some stuff. They left the back door wide open letting my dog ​​and cat out. They also threw my clothes on a dirt floor in the basement when they took their washer back and their dryer,” u/NeverCallMeFifi wrote. “15 years later and I’m still pissed about it. Such a violation.”

Redditor u/Artloveandbeauty declined Newsweekrequest for comment.


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