Tenant Says Landlord Forced Them To Show Apartment, so They Point Out Flaws

A tenant says that after their landlord threatened to sue if they didn't show off their apartment to potential renters while they're still in it, they decided to comply—and just point out the problems with the place.

Posting to Reddit's r/maliciouscompliance board, u/Artloveandbeauty racked up over 32,800 upvotes and 1,700 comments with their story of following the letter, if not necessarily the spirit, of their landlord's request.

The post, titled "Landlord wants me to show my apartment while I'm still in it," gets straight to the point.

"He threatened legal action if I didn't comply. So now every potential renter gets the grand tour of EVERY SINGLE THING the landlord has failed to fix, as well as how egregiously long it's been since I requested repair," u/Artloveandbeauty wrote.

"They can keep sending people if they want lmao. Everyone has been like 'omg thank you,'" they added.

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A tenant who points out all the things their landlord hasn't fixed after being forced to show their apartment to prospective tenants posted their story to Reddit on Wednesday. In this stock photo, a realtor shows off an apartment. iStock/Getty

Renting regulations and tenant rights statutes vary in different states. For the most part, however, advance notice from a landlord is required to enter the property. There is nothing stopping a landlord from showing a property that is already occupied, as long as advance notice is given, according to investment site The Nest. However, the Nest also recommends landlords offer a renter who is not happy about showing the apartment a small amount of money per showing, either as cash or a rent deduction.

In addition, giving a tenant advance notice gives them time to straighten up the apartment. One Redditor explained why advance notice is a good thing.

"had a clause like this in most of the leases I've signed. 3 days notice was provided to me," u/jasondbk wrote. "I was out of town on a business trip. I came home to find a note that they were going to show my apartment. I was gone long enough I didn't get this note until after they showed it. I had no time to clean or prep for this showing."

The Redditor continued to explain that, not knowing the apartment was going to be shown, several items of an adult nature were left out where anyone could see them.

"They never showed the apartment again," u/jasondbk wrote.

Another user shared a horror story of a landlord who was particularly free with the keys to the place.

"I rented the place after he evicted the previous tenants (six adults in a one-bedroom). He gave a key to the evicted folks a month after I lived there because they said they forgot some stuff. They left back door wide open, letting my dog and cat out. They also dumped my clothes on a dirt floor in the basement when they took back their washer and dryer," u/NeverCallMeFifi wrote. "15 years later and I'm still pissed about that. Such a violation."

Redditor u/Artloveandbeauty declined Newsweek's request for comment.