15 People Are Sharing Their Biggest Landlord Red Flags Most People Don't Notice

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Renters: vote up the biggest landlord red flags that would have you looking elsewhere.

Landlords. Sometimes they're a necessary part of life. They can be great but they can also be terrible, and it's important to be able to differentiate. These Redditors are sharing the biggest landlord red flags to keep an eye out for, so read on if you're wondering what to look for in a landlord.


  • 1
    16 VOTES

    They Only Want A Verbal Agreement

    From Redditor u/BighouseJD:

    If the landlord wants a verbal agreement, no contract.

    It's just asking for trouble all around.

    16 votes
  • 2
    16 VOTES

    They Can't Stop Complaining About Past Tenants

    From Redditor u/iuyts:

    Landlords that complain about past tenants.

    16 votes
  • 3
    13 VOTES

    They Restrict How Often You Can Invite People Over 

    From Redditor u/Milo30:

    They tell you you can only invite people over once a month, MAX twice, and not all day only a few hours, plus permission from all roommates. That's ridiculous!

    Not even talking about a party, just one person.

    13 votes
  • 4
    13 VOTES

    They've Got Bad Vibes From Day One

    From Redditor u/heybudno:

    If you already get bad vibes from a landlord during your first meeting, you should probably assume that's them on their best behavior.

    13 votes
  • 5
    11 VOTES

    They Have Poor Communication Skills

    From Redditor u/Ingloriousfiction:

    Communication. All landlords should be willing to answer all questions and be professional as possible.

    The lease should be tight but fair. i.e. clearly defining all responsibilities.

    11 votes
  • 6
    10 VOTES

    They Restrict Hot Water Access

    From Redditor u/CiderDrinker:

    I stayed in a place that was technically semi-detached (i.e. one building, divided into two self-contained houses). However, the landlady lived in the other half of the house, and there were internal doors joining the two houses at the kitchen and below the staircase, so she could 'pop in with the post'. The heating and fusebox are controlled from the landlord's side. It was a place that had a rather old fashioned hot water system (turn on the water heater, wait for an hour, get enough water for a shower or a shallow bath, but not both) and I had to knock on the kitchen door and ask the landlady to turn the water heater on if I wanted to use hot water outside pre-arranged times. If I'd known that, I wouldn't have taken the place. It's a shame, because it was a big, beautiful, characterful house. Still, it was only temporary.

    10 votes