I'm looking for a new place to live. I've looked at a couple spots in the last few days which were pretty run-down, but the last place I saw really set a new standard. Even the realtor who showed me around was like "I'd understand if you didn't want to take this place". Things the advertisement didn't mention include: -the house was shared by 18 people -there was no washbasin in the room with the toilet -there are no lights in the hallway (to deter loitering) -the decor consists primarily of graffiti and grime The places I've lived haven't always had the newest carpet or furniture, but they were reasonably clean and well-maintained. The student residence I lived in a few years ago was famous for the horrible couches - the load-bearing portion of the structure consisted of 5cm metal piping which ran along the front edge of the couch (right behind the back of your knee while you were sitting). The arms were made of this same exposed metal piping and the entire couch was just short enough that the average person couldn't lie down properly. We called them "birth-control couches". More horror stories: Some friends of mine who lived in Austin in the 80's told me that they gave up on eating toast rather than trying to deal with the cockroaches that the crumbs attracted. Another guy I work with told me about the apartment where he lived in Amsterdam a couple years ago. Apparently you had to be addicted to at least one drug to live there. The cockroaches would fall off the ceiling at night and land on your face. And the only way to get rid of the 'roaches was to vacuum them up into a nasty squirming mass.