Landlords suck sometimes, but there are bad landlords and then there are straight up crazy AF landlords. British couple Olly McLellan and Scott Cole were not only forced from their home because of their landlord's homophobic harassment, but he then tracked them down to continue the harassment at their new home! Yeah, Olly and Scott officially win the award for having the Worst Landlord of the Year.
The couple told METRO UK that they weren't sure how the landlord found out they are gay, but once he did, he started to block their driveway, shouted homophobic slurs, and refused to make necessary repairs on their unit.
"I’m not sure if the estate agents told him before we moved in that we were gay, they thought two guys were moving into a two-bed house. But it’s got nothing to do with him whether we’re just friends or in a relationship so long as we pay the rent on time."
EXACTLY! They contacted the authorities, but the police said it was a civil matter and that they couldn't intervene. (Seriously, United Kingdom? How 'bout passing some anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people? Oh wait, the United States doesn't have any on the federal level either. Nevermind.) So, they moved out. Shortly after moving into their new home, they got this from their shi**y past landlord...
"The ugly poofs. Sleep well."
WTF, dude?!?! Unsatisfied with being vaguely menacing, someone (definitely the landlord) then piled a bunch of trash in their doorway.
Said Olly in response to this troubling turn of events...
"We spent seven months being so paranoid, from moving out of that house into a new one felt like we’d finally not have to worry. But then to realise he’d found us and sent us more abuse was just unbelievable... We didn’t think he would know where we live and now we’ve just been left worrying about when he’ll next attack us. His behaviour was just shocking because homosexuality and same sex marriage is not unheard of anymore."
Having escalated his feud to outside-the-home harassment, the police are now able to investigate the landlord's most recent actions. Not for nothing, the United Kingdom has seen a 22 percent rise in LGBT-related hate crimes in the past year, along with an overall rise in hate crimes following the Brexit vote.
Stay safe, friends across the pond.