This Redditor had had enough of his annoying landlord. So, when the apartment viewings became too frequent, he decided it was time to set things straight!
Conflicts With His Landlord
OP (Original Poster) and his landlord had never gotten along that well.
He said, “I haven’t had the greatest landlord and have gotten screwed over a few times by him but never really did anything about it.”
OP planned to move out in the next few months. So, his landlord has started to show his place to potential new tenants.
However, the problem was that his landlord had been having the showings so frequently. He said, “The rate of showings is getting rather annoying.”
A Clear Message
So, the evening this story was posted, OP thought it would be an excellent time to send his landlord a clear message. He wanted him to know that he’s “had enough” of the showings!
That night, OP was given the standard notice of when his landlord and potential tenants would arrive. However, he wouldn’t allow this viewing to “interrupt his schedule.”
So, what OP did was have a naked yoga session right at the time they were visiting.
He said, “When the landlord opened the door to show the prospective tenants in, the first thing they see is me doing the side-plank pose naked as the day I was born.”
OP noted that there was a look of horror on the prospective tenant’s face, and it was priceless! His landlord didn’t even get to say anything; he was “very bewildered!”
They had no words for how much OP had surprised them.
An Apartment Showing?
Needless to say, the prospective tenant didn’t see anything apart from OP’s “naked glory.” Thus, the apartment viewing was anything but successful!
One Redditor experienced something similar, but instead of being in OP’s shoes, he was the prospective tenant.
He shared, “Called a prospective landlord at eight one morning. He said, ‘I’m in the area; want to see the house now?’ Sure. We went in, and he unlocked the bedroom door without knocking. Someone was asleep in their bed, and the landlord started showing the room like normal. That’s when I noped the f*** out and realized there was no way he could have given the 24-hour notice.”
The Law Needs to Be Improved
People also said that they were appalled that in some areas, landlords are free to do whatever they want with a unit, regardless of whether there was currently a tenant or not.
“I can’t imagine living somewhere laws were any less in my favor. The law absolutely needs to make sure that a rental apartment is, first and foremost, a home. Having a safe and personal home is one of our core needs. The landlord should only have tenants if he is prepared to make his property someone else’s home,” stated one Redditor.
A Common Problem
Sadly, the community noted that OP’s issue was not an uncommon problem.
One Redditor wrote, “Same thing happened to me in college; I heard someone yell something downstairs in the morning and shrugged it off and fell back asleep. The next time I woke up, there was a family staring at my hungover, naked body, barely covered by blankets. We had a party the night before, and our place was absolutely trashed. That was the only showing our apartment ever had since there were many identical units.”
On the Flip Side
On the other hand, some Redditors who were also landlords tried to give their side of the story. For this woman, it was important that she put her tenant’s interests first.
She shared, “When I was selling one of my properties, I gave the tenant a $25 rent credit per showing, provided the place was clean and presentable. It is such a huge intrusion; I felt it was more than fair.”
Some people found OP’s solution and revenge tactics quite clever.
One said, “I think you should try to negotiate some sort of compensation if your ‘Hot-Dong Yoga’ didn’t do the trick.” Then OP replied, “That is actually a good idea; maybe my yoga will make him more willing to compensate me.”
People Are Appalled
However, for some Redditors, especially those who lived outside of the United States, what OP’s landlord did was a horrendous invasion of privacy!
A Redditor wrote, “I don’t understand why Americans let people do that to them. In Germany, you can sue your landlord if he merely keeps a key to your apartment. If they want to show it to future customers, they better do it once you’re out.”
What do you think of this issue? Do you think OP could have done any better?
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