Landlords often don’t carry the best reputation with their tenants who might view them as doing as little as possible for maximum gain.
For one renter, the final straw came when the landlord decided it was high time to increase the rent in a run-down basement flat while we are all still searching for a way out of the pandemic.
But rather than simply turning down the offer and looking for accommodation elsewhere, the current occupant decided to show potential new tenants exactly what they would be letting themselves in for.
Katie, who posted a video to her @Cornchipsandcorgis TikTok account, wanted to ensure no one else was being taken advantage of, writing: “Can u tell I live in a basement apartment with landlords that have the audacity to increase rent next year?”
While giving a quick tour of the home, she says: “Things I do to sabotage my landlord’s showings that just make sense.”
Katie leaves a bottle of drain unblocker in the shower to demonstrate that the water doesn’t drain without a bit of assistance, and then moves the bathroom bin to the other side of the sink to expose crumbling paintwork and plaster her landlord has seemingly tried to cover up.
She continues: “Moving shelves to reveal the other cracks in the wall. Placing the dehumidifier strategically. Removing the pride flag to reveal the other large crack in the wall.
“Strategically placing a scary nail that I found in the closet, and turning on the second dehumidifier to full blast.”
The clip racked up more than 400,000 views and plenty of comments as people loved the idea.
One person replied to the video to say: “This isn’t sabotage, you’re just showing off the features.”
Others gave their own similar experiences, as a second wrote: “One time I went to a showing and when the landlord left the room, the tenant handed me a handwritten note of reasons not to live there.”
A third said: “I once went to a walkthrough and the existing tenants taped a piece of paper to the bedroom door that said ‘spider count’ with tallies.”
And another added: “Anyone confused and thinking she’s petty has never rented. Most landlords will never fix a thing, no matter how much you show them.”