I’m not saying that they’re all immoral, money-grubbing pieces of shit. But I’ve only ever had one good one. And now I seem to be stuck in this cycle, and it really, really pisses me off.
See, it starts like this: your first apartment has a shitty landlord.
In my case the apartment had not only a shitty landlord, but mice, bedbugs and cockroaches. When I finally had enough money to move out, the landlord claims (falsely) that I haven’t paid rent for the last month and had never paid a damage deposit. I ended up owing them 1500.00$ because I made cash payments and couldn’t prove he was lying.
Okay so that sucked, but then you move on. There’s one problem though - you’ve now been living on your own for more than a year. When you go to try and find a better apartment, they want references, and a rental history.
Oh that’s no problem you can just call your old landlord oh wait… except you can’t, because he was an asshole. Despite the fact that he’s the one who fucked you over, his word is still considered more trustworthy so it looks like you don’t have a reference.
Because you have no references, you can’t get into a good building with an honest landlord. You end up in another semi-shitty building - no bugs this time, but the hot water is sketchy and there’s a big hole in this one wall.
So you’re here. But then, the landlord starts treating you worse and worse. Suddenly she’s coming in to your apartment all the time with no warning, even though that’s technically illegal. You ask her to stop, she doesn’t. She never really liked you because you couldn’t get a reference, and she’s in the position of power here because you’re in her building. Relations between you and this new landlord grow steadily more strained until she claims that you are smoking inside the house and violating your lease. You’re not, but again, her word is considered more trustworthy.
You’ve now been living on your own for a year and a half. Who is going to rent to you without references? No one.
No one, that is, except the dude with the illegal basement suite in his house. That’s a little weird but he seems okay so you move in. Everything is dandy - until one day through an overly circuitous line of events, you find out that because all your mail goes to the same mailbox, he has been taking and cashing your tax refund cheques. The bastard.
2.5 years. No rental history. The cycle just keeps repeating itself.
- you have a shitty landlord, who fucks you over
- you have no housing reference, so good buildings will not accept you
- you end up with another shitty landlord, who fucks you over in a new and different way
- you still have no housing references
Honestly, I see no way to break this cycle. It’s pretty depressing but it looks like I’m just going to have to keep cycling bad landlords until I can save up enough money to buy my own house - in say, 15 years or so. Should be fine, right?