My Experiences With My Landlord

This Article On My Experiences With My Landlord Was Written By Bob Vogel

Few things in your day to day life can be worse than having an awful landlord for the rental you are living in.  I was recently in a rented townhouse for 2.5 years, and let me tell you, I can say with 100% certainty that I will NEVER rent again unless I absolutely have to.

Everything started off alright as we secured this place at a reasonable rate and for a 2 year term.  This was probably the happiest we were and then all of a sudden the demands and push-back we received for every little request was beyond crazy.  I understand you own this home, but how do you expect to move in and not want to try and make this place their home?  I didn’t go out and rent an apartment, I rented a home for myself and family.  Upon moving in, I noticed some damage that wasn’t found in a 10 minute walk-thru that we had prior to signing the agreement.  I figured I would let her know since I didn’t want to get charged for this after I was about to leave.  I emailed her and attached pictures and she came back with “well I hope you didn’t do it, I will determine if this is your fault or not.”  I went out of my way to make sure she knew that HER home had some damage and all of a sudden I am the bad guy for bringing this up?  The next thing that came up was that we wanted to paint our daughter’s room since we had intentions on staying in this place for a while and wanted to make it feel like home.  So we asked if we could do this and were met with “you better put it back the way it was or I am charging you.”  I understand that, but why was there a need to threaten me yet again?  Let me clarify that these 2 issues happened in the first 2 weeks.  What a great way to start this relationship off.

My Experiences With My Landlord: Moving In To My New Town Home

The next thing that happened was we came downstairs a few weeks later and there was a pool of water near the refrigerator.  Now when you see water leaking or sitting around the refrigerator, this is never good and always a cause for concern.  I get on the phone immediately and called the landlord, expecting her to voice concern and want to fix her refrigerator.  We were met with the following “call and get it fixed, take it out of the rent.”  Really?  This is how you wanted to solve this issue?  She wouldn’t make the 30 minute drive to check on this but would rather we google a repair guy and get it fixed, right, because I have hundreds of dollars just laying around for this.  The whole point of the rental is to have a landlord to coordinate and fix problems that aren’t from our doing.

 This is the situation we were in and from here on out, we went out of our way not to make any contact with her except to let her know her rent was on the way to her.  When the summer months came, we were met with a significant amount of flies and bees in our house and all around our windows.  Begrudgingly, I reached out to my landlord and she defaulted to saying this may be an HOA issue.  How can this be an HOA issue if the insects are in your house?  Well after multiple times of letting her know this, she finally made her fiancé come over and he just showed up with wasp killer and sprayed all over the house and left.  Thanks for such great service!  We ended up buying our own flytraps and other remedies for combating the creatures and eventually the quantities had subsided.

My Experiences With My Landlord: Rental Increase And Payment Shock

 After the 2 years was just about completed, I get an email from her with 2 attachments for a new lease agreement.  In this agreement, she wanted to raise our rent from $1,500 to $1,750 or over 15% increase!  This was not going to fly as you can’t just put a gun to someone’s head and tell them what they are going to pay.  After going back and forth we agreed on a $1,600 monthly price and a 60-day out clause that allowed for us to give notice we were leaving as this was around the time we began house hunting again.  6 months into our new lease term I claimed our 60-day clause and the clock was ticking for us to move out.  If you have read my previous articles, you will know things didn’t end up how I had planned, but I won’t waste much time going over that again.  It came to our final walk-thru after we had moved everything out and painted our daughter’s room back to tan that we were blasted in an email something fierce.  We were notified that since we did not put the house back to mint condition we were going to have most of our security deposit held because she had to put in a couple hours cleaning a little bit before her new renters moved in.  She was worried about the dents in the carpet from our furniture, as well as some dust on the baseboards and air return vents.  Nowhere did it say I had to return the house as if we never lived there.  After 2.5 years, how do you think your place is going to look like?  This place was lived in, and I couldn’t believe.  This really got my blood boiling and I went back and forth with her until she promised to return all but $500 of my security deposit.  Something was better than nothing at this point and I just wanted it over with.  Needless to say, I received that check over 90 days later and FINALLY I could be done with this woman.

 Let this be a lesson to everyone out there.  No matter how nice of an act your landlord puts on, there always may be something behind that smile once you sign to the dotted line.  Do your homework is all I can offer as a suggestion.  Good luck and happy house hunting!

About The Author Of My Experiences With My Landlord: Bob Vogel

This blog on My Experiences With My Landlord was written by senior writer Bob Vogel. Bob Vogel is a senior writer for Gustan Cho Associates Commercial And Residential Mortgage Information Center and a licensed mortgage loan originator for The Money Store , a national mortgage banking firm and Full Eagle Mortgage Lender based in Florham Park, New Jersey known for it’s no non-sense no mortgage lender overlays on their mortgage loan programs. The Money Store is a full service mortgage lender and have no lender overlays on FHA Loans, Conventional Loans, VA Loans, USDA Loans, FHA 203k Loans, and Reverse Mortgages. The Money Store has been in business for over 40 years and is licensed in most of the 50 states. Bob Vogel’s background and expertise in all areas of accounting and his management experiences as well as his natural leadership qualities was the reasons why Gustan Cho has been trying to recruit this talented individual for the past several years. Bob Vogel will play a key role with the expansion and grow of Gustan Cho Associates and is already taking the leadership role in providing quality articles for publication on Gustan Cho Associates Commercial And Residential Mortgage Information Center. If you have any questions on any accounting or mortgage lending topics, please contact Bob Vogel at 847-529-7920 or you can email Bob Vogel at

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