How to Solve Landlord and Roommate Problems

How to Solve Landlord and Roommate Problems

There are undeniable benefits to apartment living, but there are just as definitely cons. Roommate and landlord problems seem to be a reoccurring theme in many apartment living horror stories. Today, we share three true stories on the subject for all our renting veterans, current renters and soon-to-be apartment dwellers.

If you’re one of the readers who relates to these problems personally, don’t worry, we have some apartment living tips and furniture solutions just for you.

I Had to Hire a Lawyer so I Could Have Friends Over

“One of my landlords wasn’t okay with guests staying the night, but didn’t specify that in the contract I signed. He confronted me and tried to force me to sign a revised contract while the other was still active. I had to hire a lawyer and fight that I was in no way breaking my contract and the landlord was harassing his tenants. He got in BIG trouble. I won and moved out.” – Jordan

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    Lesson Learned

    If something doesn’t feel right about your landlord, contract or living space, document it. Write down conversations, phone records and take photos of any relevant evidence. This can justify your side of the story with any landlord problems.

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    Furniture Solutions

    Keep all your important documents safe and organized with a locking file cabinet. That way, you have a designated spot for paperwork that only you can access if landlord problems arise.

Hammary Furniture Structure Rolling, Locking File Cabinet

My Roommates Stole My Stuff

“I had several roommates that walked away with kitchen appliances, DVDs and similar items. I lived with one roommate who would break or steal my food and makeup. If you have nice beauty items or food you don’t want to share, put it in your room or safe place that isn’t so commonly used by everyone in the apartment. If they go into your room, you’ll know it’s not by accident and can confront them.” – Jordan

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    Lesson learned

    Label your things and communicate openly about which items can be shared and which ones are private.

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    Furniture solutions

    Take advantage of storage cabinets or bookcases that have built-in labeling tabs. That way, you can clearly distinguish which shelves are just for you and which ones are shared space. You can even make a bonding experience out of it and learn how to style your bookshelf together. If you’ve tried a labeling system and are still having theft-related roommate problems, consider storing your valuable items in a locking cabinet or in a desk with locking drawers.

Sauder Barrister Lane Salt Oak Bookcase

Our Roommate Took Petty Revenge With Our Dish Towels

“I lived with my boyfriend and one of his friends in a very small apartment. This was the first and last time we had a roommate together.”

Meredith says that her boyfriend’s friend was very passive aggressive, from constantly turning down the apartment temperature to this:

“Every time I went into the kitchen our hand towels were always on the floor, so I would pick them up and put them back where they went. This went on for a while and eventually I noticed it had stopped. I went into our closet by the kitchen and all our hand towels were just sitting in a pile on the floor of the closet.”

“My boyfriend and I moved out and to our own apartment. Unfortunately, all the furniture had been our roommate’s. We had to buy new furniture (from Homemakers) and we still have that same furniture 5 years, 2 dogs, and 1 marriage later!” – Meredith

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    Lesson Learned

    Think twice about rooming with your SO’s friends, and try to facilitate open and honest conversation with everyone in your space to avoid any communication-related roommate problems.


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