In all fairness, Robin Hood does demonstrate how to best deal with greed and injustice but justifying robbery, burglaries, theft, and the like within the veil of all that is good and righteous is not always the best strategy. There are, however, alternatives to this. They are maliciously complaint. And you guys know we are all tired of maliciously compliant, and you know what’s funny the person who is conducting malicious compliance knows that following orders will have a negative effect but they still do it.
Recently, a Redditor shared a story about a stingy landlord who refused to give up his $25 monthly rent, In this case, OP decided to get rid of their car and therefore had an unused parking space, which prompted some very malicious compliance and pushed the landlord into a bind.
Have you ever been told you can’t cancel a part of the service without canceling it all?
As it turns out, at the beginning of the 2000s, OP, user u/eGrant03, was just starting out on their adult journey. They ended up renting from a complex that also charged them $25 per month for parking. This is a very attractive deal for those with injuries who have cars and don’t want to bother with street parking.
It wasn’t until the OP stopped owning a car that they no longer needed a parking spot ( or worried about finding one on the street). added to that, the car outlived its purpose due to public transport not being all that bad, being covered by employers, and the local grocery store delivering (quite progressive for the early aughts).
1. $25 A month for a parking spot sounds like a pretty good offer
2. A car that’s 3 years older than the owner himself? Epic lol
3. That’s one way to get rid of your car
4. OP’s local grocery store did it long before it was cool lol
As a result, OP turned to the complex’s landlord for cancellation of the charge. The person at the desk told OP she would look into it for him. Wheater she actually did was unclear, however, as OP was still slapped with an additional bill charge. We returned to the office, and the same lady said she was still waiting for an answer. well, we got the answer 3 days before rent.
Basically, it was a no.
A new agreement would need to be drafted in order to eliminate that fee, however, which would require canceling the existing one. Therefore, all early termination fees would have to be paid. Apart from that, a new lease would be drafted with a new market rental rate, which would be an extra $1000.
5. New managers are the worst
6. So innocent of him to think that it would be gone by the next month
7. Well at least she was trying
Once the back and forth had ended, OP seemed to have let it go, until a few weeks later when they were reviewing the contract for another matter. The parking spot clause was found here. There was a specific statement that parking renters could keep “a motorcycle, or scooters such as Vespa, car, truck, or Trailer”
The OP got an idea from this statement. Basically, anything with wheels fits the description. As a result, OP was able to locate a wheeled container, which is similar in size to a shipping container, but much smaller. The OP proudly parked the trailer in their parking spot after paying $700 for the container and 30$ for the trailer registration.
8. Why not break the lease and sign a new one?
9. Surviving is hard when you are on your own for real
10. Uh oh, what is he thinking?
11. Wheeled container? WHAT!
12. How was it worth it if you didn’t have much to store?
It wasn’t easy to fully utilize the storage space since they didn’t have much stuff, but they knew who did, their neighbor. the deal was struck when he was offered $35 for 24/7/365 access. Comparatively, the complex offered $100/month for a storage unit deal. In response, the overland landlord began to issue “out of compliance” stickers, tow calls, and parking fines. The OP, however, stood their ground, and they had proof that they were within their rights, and could even cite specific laws and regulations.
13. Big brain moment
14. OP did his homework
15. Ended up saving $1000 genius
16. Everybody wants to make easy money so here come the neighbors
For the complex, however, things only got worse from there. OP’s neighbor saved over $1000 on storage by renting from them while showing the landlord the middle finger. Eventually, the storage side business of the landlord struggled as others followed. The landlord’s last attempt to “fix” the situation was to impose new rules. Existing leases were not affected by it though. Therefore, they offered six months of free storage, but few took advantage of it. Adding insult to injury, tenants were allowed to reassign their leases, which meant passing along old contract terms-including the trailer parking loophole
In addition to grinding, the complex’s gears, the idea also prompted the neighbors to follow suit
This is what the OP was referring to, except in reality it was much smaller
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