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What’s the Weirdest Way you Lost a Tenant?

What’s the weirdest way you lost a tenant? This week’s blog started with a wild and weird experience of my experience losing a tenant due to a woodpecker. I followed up with a question to various Facebook landlord groups asking the weirdest way they lost tenants. The answers are highly entertaining.  Warning – there is adult content here.

Original question:   “ I once lost a tenant because of a pesky woodpecker that was so persistent it bored a hole from the outside condo wall into the bedroom wall. The tenant worked nights and tried to sleep days.  It became a wish/wildlife big thing to get rid of the woodpeckers, in the process, we lost the tenant.”

Question to landlords: What’s the weirdest way you lost a tenant?

Annette B

If I get a bad renter, mental note…find a woodpecker.


Crystal S

Weirdest way lost a tenant, but coudlnt’ lost the unregistered tenants…

I had 2 unauthorized tenants living in our place. After arguing about whether they could stay or not (especially because my legal tenant went to rehab) they said they agreed with the legal tenant that if they gave him “certain favors” whenever he wanted they could stay!!

Zoe S

” A neigbour lady of a certain age” constantly after my college boy renters to have beers with her and asking them to remove their shirts when doing the lawn. They stopped looking after the lawn, then gave up spending anytime outdoors.

I had to ask her to refrain from harassing my male tenants then just rented to a grandma instead.

Brian W

Didn’t lose a tenant here but I got a call once from a tenant asking why I let what she said were two good looking guys move in next door when she was horny. To this day I still laugh about that Sunday afternoon phone call

Disappearing tenants

Barbara K

Not me, but a friend had a tenant that went to prison. Just didn’t come back. Did a little searching and asking about and found out he was in custody, then off to the big house. His GF finally came and got his stuff. Was a BIG deal when he got out and expected that they would still have his things and that he should be able to just move back in. He broke up with the GF and then took my friend to court… my friend won.

Doug W

Weirdest way lost a tenant – it still weirds me out…

He disappeared. Really good tenant, good communicator and he vanished without a trace. He paid his rent, left his security deposit and he was just gone one day. I called his gf and his boss and they were as mystified as I was – he didnt say anything to either of them. I finally tracked him down 4 months later and asked him what happened and all he said was, “something came up and I had to leave” I sometimes wonder if he’s in a witness protection program in Alaska lol

Is this my problem?!

Heather R

I had a tenant in the basement who complains of Calgary’s Hawk helicopter flying overhead, people driving too fast down street or the tenant upstairs taking the rolling garbage bins to the street🤦‍♀️ ya like a landlord has any control of these things!

Rick B

Rented my flat to a football player in London, UK. Got sold by club 3 months after moving in so left in a hurry. Club paid the rent so 🤷‍♂️

Kimberly R

Following this thread purely for entertainment

Meghan G

He had his leg amputated so needed wheelchair access


Mars E

In my farmhouse there’s a vent from the furnace that makes a loud noise as it heats/expands. This one tenant was convinced the house was haunted. 👻

Anthony B

I have to say I am not sure I have anything close to that!



Weirdest way lost a tenant even before they became a tenant…

Acds C

Weirdest for me was a lady calling me discriminating because I wouldn’t accept her pit bull in my property.

The stuff of movies

Kim P

I lost a tenant because the day we met at the property to do the move in someone had broken in and was hiding in the attic and dropped down in the hallway as we were walking through covered with blood cracked out and we ran out as fast as we could. The tenants said no effing way am I moving in here. I seriously considered being done with property management and real estate after that day

Andy W

Had a high-end rental with a celebrity living in it. After two weeks a whole family of bats moved into the upper section of the entrance!

John B

I live near DC. After 9/11, my Saudi tenant fled the country overnight, leaving behind his car and belongings.

If you’re selling, I’m just gonna buy!

Jessica Z

She thought the Owner was going to sell and “never heard from us to renew” her lease (her expiration was 4.5 months from that email) so she bought a house because she was “done having to move from rentals where Owners sell….” she lived there for 8 years

Put me in touch with a man!

Kristain I had a tenant who called in and demanded to speak the man in charge. I said, I’m sorry the company is owned by a woman and all the staff are women. He demanded to speak the owner’s husband who owned our lawn care company. 🤦‍♀️ the husband was willing and excitedly took the phone call to ask them if they needed any lawn care or snow shoveling needs 🤣🤣🤣

Oddly the above scenario used to happen to me when my husband and I owned a property management company, there were some folks who believed only a man could talk on the phone or call in a maintenance request. My husband would tell them exactly the same thing I did, but in a different octave, which was somehow more convincing. lol.

The real estate industry is ALWAYS entertaining.

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Nelda Schulte is a property investor who is passionate about helping investors who self-manage have profitable investment properties through resources and education. If you struggle with the wrong landlord forms, or worse yet, no landlord forms check out Nelda’s 10 Essential Editable Landlord Forms that help you separate the good tenants from the bad and increase your property’s profitability.

What are your weirdest tenant issues? I’d love to hear your comments, please share them.

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