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

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.

  • 1
    257 VOTES

    Naughty Or Mice

    Posted by u/NotEconomicallyViabl

    They were first-time landlords... They lived about an hour away and told us to p*ss off whenever we asked about things they promised to take care of.

    And then the mice problem started. They ate through a collector's item backpack that I had and tore some of the labels from our vintage wines. They got into our cabinets, and it was just hell! We basically did not eat at home because we were so disgusted. I called them and called them about the mice problem, but to no avail. They simply told us to get some poison and put it around the house. Well, according to our state laws, that's their responsibility. We say that, and they basically tell us to p*ss off again...

    So, revenge mode on.

    The mice problem started about a month or two before we moved out, and they were trying to get it rented out as soon as we left. So, every time they asked to enter the house to show it off to potential renters, we would leave the mice traps and mice poison EVERYWHERE in plain sight. You had to step over them to get into the living room, bedrooms, etc.

    But the real treat came as we said goodbye to that house. We took granola bars (which we determined was the mice's favorite treats, since they ate through our supply) and dropped them all over the vents and basement. A few month's supply for them.

    Hope you enjoy your new tenants. Except they pay no rent! Mwahaha.

    Vengeful tenant?
  • 2
    334 VOTES

    "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?
  • 3
    294 VOTES

    They All Float Down There

    Posted by u/greenvortex:

    My landlord was sued by a lady who slipped on ice because he never cleared the sidewalks, and then he became super cheap. He raised everyone's rent, so I decided to move. I was all cleared out by 1:00 pm on the last day of the lease, which said I had to be out by noon. Citing this, he kept my entire security deposit. Six months later, in the middle of the night, I stopped by and turned on an outside faucet that drained into the off-limits basement he used as personal storage. Since he only came by every few weeks, I suspect that the water completely filled the basement before he found out.

    Vengeful tenant?
  • 4
    438 VOTES

    They Come Crawling Back

    Posted by u/kickbackheaven:

    A couple decades ago,  I was renting a house in the Seattle area, and my landlord was a terrible property management company. I had a lot of arguments with them, but when I moved out, I cleaned the whole house, and nothing had been damaged. Regardless, they decided to keep my $850 deposit, plus they had the gall to say I owed them an additional $10 for "cleaning costs." Right at the time I was a target of a violent crime, and I had to move for reasons related to that. I didn't have the time or energy to argue with them about the $860 dollars, and I'd been hospitalized. Feeling beleaguered, I took the first apartment I could afford, and it had cockroaches. I hadn't noticed them when I was looking at the place, but after I moved in, I saw them. I felt devastated, so many bad things piling up on me. That's when I got an idea.

    I started to catch the cockroaches in a jar and save them. After about a week, I had a good number of live cockroaches in my jar, so I drove down to the property management office to pay the $10. In the lobby, the secretary asked what I needed and I replied that "I thought I owed them some money, but wasn't sure how much." The secretary got up and left the lobby to find my file, leaving me totally alone. At that point, I opened my backpack, took out the jar of roaches, opened it, and let them scurry away. Within seconds, they has disappeared under floorboards and furniture. A moment later, the secretary came out and said, "Oh, yes. You owe us $10."

    I paid them and left with a big smile on my face. Petty revenge? Yes. Do I feel guilty? NO.

    Vengeful tenant?