Renting your home is a viable choice that the vast majority of people have to make at one point or another. There’s a flexibility and freedom to it that makes sense when you are establishing your career and, most of the time, it goes well.
The rest of the time? Well… why not ask around your friends if anyone has any stories about bad landlords? Within seconds, you will have several stories thrown your way – because everyone who has ever rented has experienced a bad landlord at one point or another.
If you find yourself in that situation, you might be tempted to wait it out and just tolerate it for as long as possible. Moving is hell, after all.
Of course, this depends on what the issue with the landlord actually is. Some landlords have a tendency to visit too often to the point of making you feel claustrophobic. Others are all too hands-off, never available when needed, or even refusing to carry out repairs on the property that they are contractually obligated to do.
So… do you still stick it out? Or move on?
One of the factors you might not consider when it comes to making this decision is your health. Sound ridiculous? Read on and you might find yourself flinging yourself in the direction of Umovefree reviews and Googling for advice on new properties, all in desperation to get yourself out of your current situation…
A Bad Landlord Can Hurt… Your Stress Levels
This goes without saying to an extent, but too many of us dismiss stress as part of life. It really shouldn’t be. Yes, stress happens, but that doesn’t mean you should just put up with it.
If you are stressed about something as vital as your living situation, then it’s a basic tenet of life that is causing you problems. This is a fundamental thing; it’s not something you can ignore. It’s going to slowly bleed into the rest of your life, because there’s no safe space for you – your home, the place you should feel safest in the world, is compromised.
A Bad Landlord Can Hurt… Your Lungs
Mentioned above, we briefly touched on the fact that some landlords just don’t think that property upkeep is something they need to concern themselves with. This can lead to disastrous consequences; the most well-known of which is damp.
Caused by poor ventilation or poor insulation (or both…), mold can appear from nowhere and grow overnight. Not only is it unsightly to look at, it’s plain bad for you – black mold has been linked to asthma, allergies, and even skin conditions.
If your landlord either doesn’t care you have mold or just thinks removing existing growth from your decor is the problem, then you should probably start looking for a new place. Mold is an issue that is going to keep coming back until you fix the underlying problem. If your landlord isn’t willing to make those changes, then that’s a bad sign. Are they going to be this difficult if there’s a serious issue with the wiring, or other safety concerned? You might be best off not sticking around to find out.