Why is my landlord such a jerk?

I’ve been living with my landlord for a bit more than 6 months. At first it seems great because the place is really nice and well decorated and furnitured, the landlord is rarely home, a cleaner come in every week, and two other tenants who live here are great. The house is also in a beautiful semi rural area.
My landlord who is in early or mid 30’s has always been rather shady. No body is sure where he’s from. He isn’t too talkative toward most people, have bunches of suspicious scars, and is rather cold and distant. He always claims he’s a translator for living, but yet we’re in a small city that is almost two hours away from nearest big city. One of the tenants once told me that he used to be in military for a long time and hinted that he have lose someone very close to him in war. They have say if you get past his barrier, he’s actually a very nice, caring, and a great friend that can be rely on.
I am not too fond of my landlord, but I love living here and since landlord was almost never home, I didn’t mind it at all.
On Saturday I and my boyfriend decided to have a party here while the landlord was gone. So we invited about ten people and have some beers and potluck and stuff. When one of the tenants came down, she was extremely upset and shaken by the whole thing and started to cry and begs me to get everyone to leave and clean up. We tried to calm her down, but other tenant came out and we can see he was so scared that he went to get dressed and left the house right away. Since there was so many of us and my boyfriend is really big and have a couple other guys with him, we weren’t too worried. A couple hours later, the landlord came home unexpectedly.
He started by coming to me and told me to get everyone out of the house now. I tried to tell him everything will be ok and we’d not get out of control. He started to get more harsh so my boyfriend came up to him and try to be friendly. Out of blue, he attacked my boyfriend, so everyone tried to stop the fight but couple other people got hurt then my landlord pummeled on my boyfriend for a bit more before he pulls a knife out and hold it by my boyfriend’s eye and warned if everyone didn’t leave, he’d crave his eyes out. That’s when everybody left.
My boyfriend have a fractured sternum, bruised kidney, torn liver, and some damages to face.
I’m living with my mom now and trying to get $800 deposit from my landlord and trying to find an attorney to take on this case because polices classified it as self defense. He was unsympathy at all. He says since my boyfriend threw up on the carpet and everything on the table fell onto the floor, he has to use the moneys to clean the place up.
I can’t believe someone could be such a jerk! What is his issue? We just wanted to have some fun and he did this. Now he’s just making things worse.

I moved out that night without telling him.

Posted in Landlord Tenant Law.


  1. Sounds like your landlord is a Jerk and he should pay!!! If you cant get your money back or whatever, I would go pop his car tired or something to get back at him for what he did to your boyfriend…

  2. This has to be made up, what a story! But if its true then you need to read carefully through the lease you signed when moving in. If you didnt sign a lease then you are screwed. Damages due to the party can be taken out of the deposit but your bf can also sue for the medical expenses. It would be handled separately.

    I must ask, did he evict you and if so was it through the proper due process of law in your state? Or did you just move out without notice to your landlord? If thats the case, more times than not, that forfeits your deposit.

    About his “shady” way or history, it is all speculated so it has no baring. Obviously he acted in a wrong manner and quite possibly you could win a Fair Housing judgement if you file a claim in that manner. Talk to a Housing attorney about this and most will take it pro-bono.

    Since you moved your things out then that is classified as abandonment of the rental unit and could fofeit your deposit but filing suit may get you that back and even more if he is found wrongful and you left for your own safety.

  3. Oh my god! What a jerk! He has some serious issues that he needs to work out. My best guess is for you to file a claim on him and get out of the contract with him..You could get some money out of it from your bf injuries. He is a jerk!

  4. It sounds like you were being the jerk by having a party when the landlord was not home and not even asking if you could.

    It is not like you rent an apt or a home all to your self. It sounds by your description that you are renting a room in the place. You should have the decency to ask before inviting a bunch of people over for a party.

    If the police are treating it like a self defense case, sounds like there is more to the story. I don’t think you have a case and will probably not get your deposit back for just moving out without notice.

  5. you have asked this question 3 times and each time, everyone has said you were WRONG.

    Plus the police and tenants agree that you were wrong.

    Sounds like someone can’t take NO for an answer. Maybe this is want happen at the party.

  6. Let’s see, you invite 10 people over to someone elses house to have a drinking party. The party is so bad that you upset your roommates to the point they are crying.

    Your “guest” refused to leave his property when told to.

    Not for one second do I believe your boyfriend was “friendly”, friendly people would realize you were way out of line in the first place.

    Your landlords issue is that he rented to a spoiled, childish flake that tried to destroy his home.

    I would be pissed to. Kiss your deposit good bye.

    You should also dump the boyfriend, he is really bad news.

  7. I heard your story, but I haven’t heard the other side yet. But from your story, I can tell you your landlord is not a jerk.
    1) He has the right to get upset because the party was not authorized, you are taking advantage of him not being at home & used his place to party. You just live there & rent “a” room, you don’t own the place.
    2) You made the place dirty, your deposit will be used to clean up. sound legit to me.
    3) Your landlord tried to ask your guests (trespassers) to leave, they refused. They were lucky that they were not arrested.
    4) The police classified it as self defense, I wonder what “REALLY” happened there. It may be your bf was being a jerk?

    I don’t think the problems are all from the landlord.

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