My landlords have always been my employers- after post secondary school.
While renting a house or apartment in post secondary, the landlords didn't really do anything but show up when rent was due. No matter how many times IL asked for something's to be fixed, it never was. I withheld my rent because of it, and was served an eviction notice. Landlords through college and university were simply not nice people.
While living in the arctic, I received reduced rent because I said I'd fix problems with my unit. So didn't need to really to deal with them other than my leaving inspection.
Here in China, my landlords are the schools I work for. My first landlords were pretty good at getting thing are paired AFTER I learnt that it takes up to a week for the maintenance men to get off his tush to do something. Then I bought him a carton of good cigarettes each year and he said come straight to him and he'll make everything right.
My next landlords were horrible. But then again, the working conditions were not all that good either. My lock on the door broke, and I was docked two days pay because I refused to leave my apartment until it was fixed. Things like this the school was pretty unreasonable regarding things especially about the apartment complex water supply and electricity supply. They would shut off the water and the power to save them money, then expect us to pay them for a whole months worth of water and power. They couldn't underhand why I refused to pay for the whole month when most days for hours it s off because of that's what they coded to do.
My current landlord/school are pretty decent so far, I've not really needed them for anything other than making phone calls on my behalf about shoddy Internet. They send someone a few times a year to my home to make sure everything is working, and when the heat gets turned on, they send someone to make sure the pipes are clear. They've been really good so far and they are moving me closer to the school (fingers crossed) for the next school year to a brand new apartment. I look forward to Ll the issues then!!!!!