Do you have, or have you ever had, a landlord, (or company), that owns/owned where you live?

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Do you have, or have you ever had, a landlord, (or company), that owns/owned where you live?

Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
If you did, how were you treated by the landlord, or company?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I have a landlord and they treat me very well
9  (21%)
I have a landlord and they treat me OK, for the most part
9  (21%)
I have a landlord and I am not treated very well by them
1  (2%)
I have a landlord and I strongly dislike them
2  (5%)
I have a landlord but I barely or never see them
3  (7%)
I not have (a) landlord(s) now, but I used to
16  (37%)
Other
3  (7%)
Total votes: 43
Poll is closed
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SydneyScreams SydneyScreams
the management company where I am isn't awful, but their repair people kind of suck.
05/13/2013
Real or memorex Real or memorex
My super is psychotic. The place I live in is one code violation after another. But - the price is right.
05/13/2013
married with children married with children
I lived in a apartment for a few years, but that was a long time ago. They management was ok. They took care of the problems when they were asked to.
05/13/2013
quackbuster quackbuster
My landlord is great. I'm not fond of the maintenance man (he has a tendency to get my house messy), but the landlord's been fantastic about resolving every issue I've had during the three years I've lived here.
05/14/2013
evie.amor evie.amor
The landlord we have now is pretty great, he always gets problems fixed pretty quickly.
05/14/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
We just moved less than two weeks ago so we don't have a landlord anymore. Our old one was terrible. Our refrigerator broke on a Thursday night so we called the emergency line that night...no answer. No answer in their office Friday. No answer on the emergency line all weekend. We didn't have a working fridge until the following Tuesday, which was incredibly illegal. After 72 hours we had the right to break the lease and sue them.
05/14/2013
eri86 eri86
My landlady/roommate is nice.
05/14/2013
RonLee RonLee
I currently own my home but previously rented. Only one of my landlords was a jerk, and he was the building manager not the actual owner. Several of my other landlords even invited us to dinner at their homes, and commented that we were the best tenants that they had rented to.
05/14/2013
ViVix ViVix
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
If you did, how were you treated by the landlord, or company?
I live in income-based housing, and our apartment manager is 80 years old. Basically, nothing is taken care of until it's an emergency. I hate it.
05/14/2013
Taylor Taylor
I own my own place now, but when I used to live in apartment they were always great about getting things fixed right away. I never had any problems with them. They also were really helpful when I suspected that some of my neighbors were selling drugs. I never found out for sure if they were, but obviously they got enough complaints about those neighbors that they were evicted in less than 2 months.
05/14/2013
Hummingbird Hummingbird
I also have my own place now but in the past have rented many tenements, apartments from both private individuals and companies and ave been treated very well fortunately.
05/14/2013
Stagger13 Stagger13
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
If you did, how were you treated by the landlord, or company?
Some are good and some no so good...I always did some checking before signing.
05/14/2013
spiced spiced
I was always lucky when I rented. I never had any real complaints or bad experiences with landlords. I'd like to stay that was because I did extensive research — but really, I just got lucky.
05/14/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I have a landlord in a apartment community. Their company is really good I am so going to miss them when I move. Maintenance is always on time and I have had no issues with them at all.
05/14/2013
Adnerbmw Adnerbmw
i had one at a house where we lived in san deigo, the guy seemed really cool. we got the place before he painted or anything we were recently moved there by the miltary and needed a place. so we moved in, he knew there were marks all over the walls from his family living there and when we moved out he charged us for all the stuff that was there from his family. it was pretty much a horrible experience when we moved out.
05/14/2013
Llewey Llewey
My landlord is barely around, and when she is, she arrives unannounced for an unset amount of time to do some task no one asked to have done. Quite irritating. The maintenance guy is also constantly drunk and does a sub-par job of everything. I'm happy I don't see either of them very often.
05/14/2013
falalena falalena
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
If you did, how were you treated by the landlord, or company?
The apartment complex we live in takes good care of us all for the most part. If something needs maintenance they get it done ASAP. There are walking paths, they have doggie stations with free bags, free workout facility with classes. Reasonably priced too!
05/14/2013
js250 js250
It took us about 12 years to buy our house and get it paid off. We had one landlord prior to that and she was pretty nice and efficient. What was broken was fixed immediately. Prior to that my ex and I were purchasing a home....not much experience in housing landlords.
05/14/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
If you did, how were you treated by the landlord, or company?
I have had three landlords in the past, and they were vastly different. The first, we never saw or heard from at all - we suspect that he might have been selling crack out of the barber shop beneath our apartment, but we could never prove anything. The second was this great older couple who inherited the place about two weeks before we moved in from a relative who passed away. They did a ton of renovations to get the place up to snuff, and they were just super sweet overall. Barely spoke a word of English, but it wasn't a huge deal because both I and my roommates were fluent enough in French to get by. The third landlord was this old Italian guy who left his brother (and even older Italian guy) in charge of everything. They seemed sweet in the beginning, but they tried to withhold our security deposit after we moved out because a) someone threw a beer bottle through our glass door, which we had nothing to do with, and b) the bathroom floor, which had been warping for about 5 years, finally gave away in a little place UNDERNEATH the linoleum, which we had nothing to do with. They were intending to redo the whole bathroom anyways, so I think that they were just trying to get some money for it.
05/14/2013
K101 K101
Wow. I was reading the comments & there were only like 3 or 4 who said they had good or great landlords. That's awful. My partner owns rental property that he cares for and it's so common for us to be out together and people stop him and carry on about what they want him to do, can he help them do this or would he be willing to do this extra thing. I had no idea until we got together how hard this type of work is. Just last week we were stopped at 9PM by a woman who talked with him, had him call his dad, and make all these arrangements in the gas station parking lot. The arrangement went on for an hour!! There are evenings when we have plans and he will stop off after work hours to help some people who rent from them. It's really wonderful, but I know that I couldn't ever be as helpful.

Anyways, it sucks to see how people get treated by landlords! Some of the stories here just shock me. I have heard crappy things from others who have rented. It seems like landlords can either be buttholes or really great.

On the other hand, I've been in places where people have moved out & my partner has had to do all sorts of CRAZY cleaning to fix the place back up and holy mother of freaking pearl! I have seen some truly unbelievable stuff in smoe of the houses. When they come across someone who's just up and left and the place is left in such a crazy state, he'll take me by there to see it or take photos. Oh gosh. I can recall one photo where you could not see the actual wall because it was covered in roaches! Literally. Talk about new, trippy wall paper! Lol. And once, he took me by a place that had dirty ahem... feminine products all the floor. Just wow. I don't think I could ever be in that type of business.

I also don't think I'd ever want to have to rent. I can see how it would be a pain in the butt, especially when you want to make the place a home and the owner doesn't want you to change it, or if your landlord is just an a-hole. lol. I like being able to do as I please, so I see why it wouldn't be fun to rent.
05/14/2013
peachmarie peachmarie
The land lords we had initially were not the best, we had to call and threaten to stop paying our rent if they did not come and fix the problems we had. They eventually did but it was ridiculous. I think the people who run the place we are at now are different people. We haven't had to talk to them yet.
05/14/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
We used to rent several years ago, and our landlord/management company could have used some improvement. And by that, I mean they were atrocious.

They just didn't care about the state of the apartments. For instance, our heat was provided by an old fashioned steam radiator system. The pipe that led from the floor to the radiator in the bathroom busted and was spewing out steam. The management company was great about coming in and getting the repair done to the radiator, but they had to cut a hole in the floor to remove and replace the broken pipe. THEY LEFT THE HOLE IN THE BATHROOM FLOOR UNTIL AFTER WE MOVED OUT!

There was a small space between our floor and the ceiling of the apartment below us, for pipes and such to run through. After a while they had an issue with their ceiling downstairs from us, and there was a little sliver of a hole in their ceiling that we could actually see through into our downstairs neighbor's bathroom through our floor!!!
05/14/2013
Kallina Kallina
We own our home now, but I've had a few interesting landlord experiences.

My very first one was a bipolar-off-meds. I have nothing against the mentally ill, but perhaps you should not be inviting strangers into your home if you are off your meds. She was convinced we were conspiring against her. Her sister begged us to stay each time landlady ordered us out. We all moved out within 6 months. My favorite recollection involves her throwing our garbage into our kitchen at 6am because we weren't sorting properly.

I had one who promised me the keys a few days early so I could move on a weekend. He kept putting it off until the very last day of the month. So I had to load up, move, unload and do it all after work with no help but my now-husband. Then he yelled at us for moving (it got to be past 9, and I guess you can't move in past 9), so I argued he left me little choice seeing as how I had to vacate my old apartment that day, he didn't get me the keys early as promised and therefore I had no help lined up to help me move on a weekday and had to work til 5. So I move in. Turned out, his friend was living there and didn't get out early. No cleaning was done. They didn't even vaccuum. The guy left super long black hair everywhere. Gross and nasty. Lived there one year and GTFO.

I've had quite a few dilly dally with returning our security deposit. I've sued one landlord and won in court. Most importantly, know your rights as a tenant!

I've had better experiences with established management companies vs. single owners, but I haven't lived in many big apartment complexes. Usually stuck to duplexes or townhouses.
05/14/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
It takes a while for them to fix stuff but other then that they are pretty good.
05/14/2013
SecretKinksters SecretKinksters
Our landlord is AWESOME! We rent a house from them, all we have to do is hint that something (like a gas fireplace, new range, etc.)would be nice and magically it appears. Couldn't ask for better landlords, plus they keep there nose's out of our business.
05/14/2013
Woman China Woman China
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!!!!!
05/14/2013
wicked48 wicked48
I've been very lucky. Prior to owning my own home, I rented two different apartments. The landlords at both places treated me well.
05/14/2013
MsDrProfKitty MsDrProfKitty
I currently rent from a really nice, smaller company. I'm lucky because they are always very nice and try to be on top of fixing things.
I used to rent from a place that was TERRIBLE. They hated fixing things and when they did they actually didn't (mold? lets just paint over it, it won't grow back...) and they received a damaged check from my roommate (he mailed it) and instead of telling us, they waited until we had late fees then sent us a notice threatening eviction. They were able to read who the check was from.
I'm so glad I'm done with them!
But I'll be renting for awhile...
05/14/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
I've rented in the past. I was treated pretty decently, but results can definitely be mixed
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