We often receive emails from readers asking for help in navigating their own real estate crises. In Realty Bites, we try to get them answers.
A reader recently commented on a story, with the following, shall we say, unique, query:
"I always wondered if the landlord could legally do anything if you made a terrible impression on the prospective tenant by doing one or more of these things:
1. Sitting there bare-ass naked and/or have loud porn playing on TV.
2. Be ready with a list of all the bad experiences you had with the landlord (only true ones so he can't get away with claiming slander).
3. Be insulting to prospective tenants (i.e. racial slurs, etc.)
4. Have the premises be disgustingly dirty, as long as it's cleaned up later and you take a video or photos proving it when you check out.
None of these things physically stop the landlord from showing it but they will offend the prospective tenant. I know the land lord could try to sue but I just wonder if he could really win since you have the right to do all of the above in your own home whether it's being shown or not."