This, many other examples of landlordsí attitude to and treatment of their tenants, and the cost of housing (both buying and renting) convinces me that it should be illegal for individuals to own residential property that they donít live in themselves. The laws, and especially societal norms, are slanted so far in landlordsí favour itís not funny. Renters are genuine second class citizens in this country, thanks to the insane property ownership fetish we have here. The majority of landlords believe that because they own the property they can apply conditions, and treat the renters, at whim. Fair enough ó if they are allowing tenants to live in the property for free. But the reality is that renting is a commercial transaction which temporarily transfers ownership and responsibility to the tenant. Landlords butt out!