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College student creeped out by landlord’s ‘sexist’ comments: ‘None of his business’

Emerald Pellot
·3-min read

A college student’s landlord isn’t renewing her lease because he doesn’t like how she dresses. 

The woman went on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum to see if his excuse was valid. She believes the issue is that when she initially met the landlord she was dressed up. But she doesn’t do so on a regular basis. The student rents from a family of seven. 

“As part of my boarding contract I can use the upstairs kitchen and laundry,” she wrote. “The family also supplies breakfast, tea and coffee. I moved in last Jan. Prior to moving in, I met the husband for coffee to discuss the living situation. As you would in a situation where you’re trying to impress someone I put effort into my appearance: clean shirt, jacket, knee-length skirt, stockings, good shoes, little bit of makeup. The weekend after that I was invited to come to the house with my dog to make sure she got along with their kids. Once again I dressed tidy, washed my dog, etc.” 

She scored the apartment and moved in. But then her nine-month review came up and the landlord had some opinions. 

“The husband said that I ‘wasn’t’ what he expected when he first met me,” she explained. “He didn’t have any real complaints except that I didn’t watch the kids as much as they wanted. (I was never asked to and it wasn’t part of my boarding agreement otherwise I wouldn’t have moved in because they have 5 kids under 10, including 3 with mental disabilities). And also that I wasn’t as put together as I originally seemed. When I pushed for clarification he said that he was surprised I did things like make breakfast/coffee in PJs. If I didn’t leave the house then I don’t wear makeup, etc. He admitted that I was very tidy and otherwise great to live with, he just expected me to ‘look better’ when I was at home.”

She wasn’t exactly excited to hear an evaluation of her looks. 

“I got the creeps,” she said. “Maybe I should’ve put more effort into looking nice at home but honestly uni study kicks my ass and I like being able to relax at home. My friends are divided over it and I can’t get parental advice as they’re both dead.”

Reddit agreed that the guy was being a creep.

“This guy is a creepy a******. Your appearance is none of his business nor is it appropriate for him to comment on,” one user wrote

“Frankly, his comments are creepy and sexist,” another commented

“His comments were creepy and honestly it sounds like he wants babysitting eye candy more than anything,” someone added

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