First of all, just the word is off-putting: landlord. Many of us urban-dwellers don't have any land. And the person who charges above market rate for an apartment that should probably be condemned is certainly not worthy of being called "lord."
To be fair, not all of them are bad. Some landlords are actually amazing. But if yours is driving you nuts -- and we can't blame you if that's the case -- here are some stories that might make you feel a little better about the situation: