Dolores Miller moved into a New York City apartment with her lover, who passed away. Miller stayed in the apartment, and quickly became a shut-in. So far, that's not too bad, right? Well, within a matter of months, the entire apartment building became infested with cockroaches. The stench became unbearable, and a strange black substance seeped out of the doors. From what sources say, that substance proved to be black mold that spread due to excessive hoarding. The damage that Dolores's hoarding had done caused over $100,000 in mandatory repairs, and she was evicted. Much like others on this list, this tenant actually made major news headlines.
One Reddit landlord story actually mentioned a couple who not only managed to burn down the house they were renting, but also used said home to shoot adult videos. Rumors also had it that they were running a brothel. To make matters even worse, they had hired children to pose as their kids in order to get the lease in the first place!
When most landlords run background checks on their potential tenants, they might jokingly say that they're just making sure that the renter in question isn't a serial killer. One St. Louis renter was shocked to find out that the tenant prior to her was serial killer Maury Travis, also known as the "Street Walker Strangler." To make matters worse, her prior landlord didn't tell her about the former tenant, nor did she hear about the fact that it may have also been the location of deaths for a number of unlucky victims. We aren't sure what's worse ”” the fact that she wasn't told, or the fact that she lives in a serial killer's former apartment. This story was so disturbing, it made the news!
Imagine being a landlord to a tenant who refuses to pay rent, destroys your property, and fights you tooth-and-nail in court. Mark Newton of Newark, New Jersey is that tenant, and actually has made a system of it. In the last 19-odd years, he has filed hundreds of lawsuits, postponements, measures and movements, all in the name of avoiding rent. In a number of cases, he cost landlords hundreds of thousands of dollars ”” just so that he'll leave. He's even been nicknamed "The Neighborhood Nightmare."
This story is quite sad, simply because the people who rented out their home weren't even looking for long-term tenants. After a brief weekend of renting out their home, a Calgary couple found their entire home was trashed, and apparently used in a drug filled sex party that had involved over a hundred people. According to the couple, they literally had to beg the people who rented the home to leave, and had actually wished that they burned down the house instead. The damages totaled over $75,000.
This couple seemed to do the impossible: They managed to rent a $4.4 million dollar luxury California home without paying any rent whatsoever. Citing a violent landlord and hostile living conditions, they refused to leave without a massive court battle. According to court documents, they trashed the house, left it in squalor and had to be forcibly evicted. Amazingly, this might not have been the first time they had pulled this stunt.
Taking a cue from Newton, Amber and Tony Menjivar took things a bit further by being the heads of an entire family of squatters. So far, they have been evicted from eight different houses, and have used just about every trick in the book to find unsuspecting landlords. According to one victim, they had changed the locks within two weeks of moving in, and when asked for rent, called the police on the landlord.
Much like many of the other mentions on this list, James McClung somehow works his magic by charming people into renting to him or letting him into their homes. When they ask for rent, or ask him to leave, he doesn't. In fact, in his most recent rental scam, which happened near Seattle, he not only managed to "professionally" squat in a newlywed couple's home, but also destroyed it once he left, right before the two were going to close the home's sale. The sale fell through, and the couple lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now, that's heartless.
The city of Hamilton, Canada has a serious housing issue that's partly due to bad tenants, and partly due to a lack of supervision. According to the news, a number of mentally unstable tenants had received apartments but were left unsupervised. Now, over 100 different rental units have been deemed unlivable due to the sheer destruction the tenants have caused. The destruction ran the gamut from hoarding to drug paraphernalia to fire damage. Eek.
In what might just be one of the most devastating "renter's revenge" moves we've ever heard of, a jobless tenant from Blackpool, England completely destroyed his former landlord's £100,000 home. Upon his eviction, the landlord realized that the house was used for parties, had wild dogs run rampant, and was filled with soiled goods with almost every kind of stain. The home also had walls ripped open, racist graffiti sprayed on the doors, and kicked down doors. It's unsure whether or not the landlord will ever recover.
If there's one way to make an apartment totally unlivable, it's by turning your apartment into a meth lab. This is exactly what John Howlett and his fellow roommate did in Springfield, New Jersey. Aside from attracting very unsavory types to the area, the meth lab also basically turned the apartment into a toxic waste dump that had to be professionally cleaned.
Most of the homes that these nasty tenants wrecked turned into figurative pigsties, but one tenant from the UK shocked his landlord by raising a pig weighing over 100 pounds inside the landlord's home. The pig, which was still alive with his tusks intact, was sent to a farm. The interior of the house had incurred damage that included a shattered fireplace, feces-stained rugs, and holes throughout the house's once-pristine walls.
Richard Easton had made local news due to his violent, erratic behavior. Landlords say that he had been seen wandering the apartment's lobby half naked, demanding women orally please him. He's picked fights with people in the building, sexually assaulted others, and ordered the lobby guards to call him "Prince." We have no words, but we imagine it must make people in and around the condo fear for their lives.
The only way to get a tenant that's worse than the last one is to have a tenant who has no problem stabbing you themselves. In Sherman Heights, that's exactly what happened with one very unfortunate landlord. Luckily, at least this one survived.