We thought our "common fee" charges were bad, but they pale in comparison to the following landlord note one Redditor purportedly found on their building's elevator:
Yes, that appears to be a note from the landlord informing tenants that they'll have to pay to use the elevator. Nice to know that the stairs are still free. Also nice to know? It's just a joke.
A representative from the apartment building called to tell us that this sign was a prank pulled by a resident and they have never charged to use the elevator. The Redditor also posted an update to that effect.
While funny in retrospect, some of us have had rough landlord moments -- enough to be concerned it was a real note. Some commenters brought up the Americans With Disabilities Act, which requires elevator accessibility. Redditor danceswithbunnies, who is a property manager, had this to say:
Not sure where you are located, but most states/provinces have regulations regarding a Landlord's ability to withdraw services that were previously available to Tenants. In most cases, they pretty much can't.
Has a landlord ever tried to charge you to use a previously free amenity/building feature/etc.? Or has a resident ever pulled an all-too-believable sign prank on you? Let us know in the comments.
Editor's Note: This post has been updated with a response from the building's management. An earlier version indicated we had reached out to them (and the Redditor) but initially didn't get a reply. We're glad somebody was just pressing our buttons.
I plan on jacking up your rent.
Thank the soft economy for this one. If you live in an area without rent control, there's nothing stopping your landlord from increasing the rent by the hundreds -- even if you have paid on time and the building hasn't had any improvements.
I’m not going to repair that.
A lot of the time we call upon our landlords to fix broken utilities around the house. But the truth is, most have no clue how to stop a leak...or have any intention to fix that stopped drain.
I don't really need to know about your color preference.
Yes, you'll have to tell your landlord if you plan on making (temporary) improvements to the property. But, they don't need to know every single detail in the process...or be expected to fix your mistakes.
I don’t run a hotel.
While you may think it’s great that you're helping out by letting a friend crash on your couch after a bad break-up, your landlord is probably upset he or she isn’t paying rent.
I plan on keeping your security deposit.
No matter what they say, there's a good chance you are never going to see that money again.
Your neighbor isn’t my problem.
If another tenant is rude, loud or disrespectful, your landlord might act like they are concerned... but they won’t do anything about it as long as they pay their rent.
I go through your stuff.
You may not think anything of the fact that they let themselves in to make repairs while you're at work. But, they've likely surveyed your belongings (or worse) in the process.
The previous tenant paid way less.
It's really up to you to negotiate your lease. The landlord wants to make the most profit from their property and will not volunteer a discount.
We knew about the mice problem.
But once you see a mouse, the blame is on you.
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