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20 Tenants With A Vengeance Describe How They Got Back At Their Landlords

Updated May 7, 2021 4k votes 359 voters 22.3k views20 items

List RulesVote up the most devious ways people got revenge.

Tenants having bad blood with their landlords is unfortunately a very common situation. From pocketed security deposits and untimely repairs to no-notice intrusions and rent hikes, there's plenty a landlord can do to anger a tenant. But these renters decided to take matters into their own hands when it came to meting out justice, exacting their revenge be it petty and harmless or truly evil.

So read on, and vote up the landlord revenge stories that you think are the most devious... but try not to get any ideas.

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    Electrifying Revenge

    Posted by a former Redditor:

    Had a scumbag landlord. I dealt with it by moving but my close friend and his fiancee stuck around, living on the third-floor finished attic of what should have never been zone-able space for rent.

    The landlord did countless scummy things, but one of the worst was when the electricity was having issues. My buddy called an electrician in without telling the Master of the House (we were strictly only ever to use his guy). Well, we found out why - the son of a b*tch had the building wired so that we, his tenants, were having our electricity siphoned for his place.

    Electrician says, "You want me to fix it so you two are separate?"

    My friend says, "Nope. Just reverse it."

    For the last few months they were there, that guy had to pay THEIR electric bill.

    Vengeful tenant?
  • 6

    Tales From Tech Support

    Posted by u/Sidekicknicholas:

    After a huge snowfall (about 24 inches in 24 hours), our property management company hadn't touched the snow in our parking lot for days. After day three, I called to mention we were sort of trapped and they needed to send trucks, snow blowers, etc., to take care of things. The response I got was basically, "Sorry, we'll get to it sooner or later."

    Side note - this was years ago, when if you opened a Yahoo email, you could add a second email for recovery without confirming it. So I created a new Yahoo email address and used their general Xpropertymanagement as the alternate email. I had it copy every email to both accounts. I then signed up for alerts for every time there was an eBay listing for "snowplow," "snow blower," "snow shovel," or for if there was a "sale on X snow removal" gear... It took a matter of hours before thousands of emails were sent. Ended up taking down their email server...

    Eventually, we got the driveway plowed, and life was good.

    Vengeful tenant?
  • 7

    "I Smell A Rat"

    Posted by u/MisterStrawberry:

    I had a dreadful landlord with whom I had to live... The roommate turnover was very high and for good reason. This man combined the worst qualities of a hoarder... [with] no sense of boundaries or scale, and neglected basic landlord responsibilities such as ensuring heat and power.

    I had a spare key cut for his house and kept it in my pocket at all times... When he refused to return my deposit, I began my plan. I waited. And waited. And waited. Then, three months after I had left, with my cash firmly in hand, I went to a local pet store and bought several frozen rats. They are intended as snake food, I believe. I cased his house until he and all his current tenants had left. Then I entered, fed his dog some treats, and dropped the frozen rats, one by one, inside his beloved piano.

    The rats, you see, began to thaw very slowly. Then they began to rot. Have you ever smelled the rotting carcass of a dead rat? It’s vile. Putrescent. It permeates everything. There is a reason for the phrase “I smell a rat.” I knew it would take some time before he could find the source of the smell, and moreover, I knew that those bloated, oozing [cadavers] would utterly ruin his piano.

    Vengeful tenant?
  • 8

    Getting Into Hot Water

    Posted by u/MichaelChinigo:

    My building had an unreliable water heater, and during the winter I lived there, it stopped working completely. No hot water. I called up the landlord to let him know, thinking he'd get right on fixing it. How young I was.

    Next morning, still no hot water. I call again to ask about the status, and he tells me the plumber couldn't make it last night but is coming first thing today. Okay, great.

    Next morning, still no hot water. I call again, and this time he tells me the plumber came and had to order some part.

    Next morning, still no hot water. He tells me that the plumber is still waiting on the backordered part.

    I ask for the plumber's contact info so I can call and get an ETA, and he gives me the phone number. In light of the following conversation, I'll never understand why he gave me the real contact info. Maybe I'd just flustered him?... Anyhow, I call the plumber and ask him when the part was due to arrive for the water heater at [my address]. It sounds like the plumber cups the receiver and asks somebody in the background, "Yo, do we have a job going at [my address]?" Pause. "Uh... Yeah, we don't have any work going on there. We do work there pretty often, but nothing right now. Are you sure you have the right number?"

    I confirm the contact info, then tell him, "This guy is dragging your company's name through the mud. He's blaming you for the fact there's no hot water."

    "Yeah, I get it. I'm about to have a frank conversation with him."

    About 10 minutes later, I get a call back from an enraged landlord, who says, "What did you say to the plumber? He's done work for me for years, and he just told me he would never take another job!"

    "I only told him what you told me. I guess he didn't appreciate being thrown under the bus. When do you plan on fixing the water heater?"

    "Well, now it's going to take longer. I don't have a plumber anymore!"

    "That really doesn't matter to me... If the water isn't back on by tomorrow, I'm registering a complaint with the housing department."

    Vengeful tenant?