Apartment for Rent


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The story takes places in a strange and mysterious rental apartment house. Each tenant has their own unique features, interests and fetishes.

The landlord is a useless bum who inherited the apartment house through sheer luck, in order to satisfy his own curiosity, he took on a set of unique personalities as tenants. He doesn’t want the hard-working well-behaved students, the office workers with steady incomes, or the simple families. He just wants “normal people” who fits certain criteria, has tendencies for abnormal behaviours, basically anyone who can satisfy his curiosity for the dark side of the human nature.

As result he ended up with a PE teacher with a record for domestic violence, a university student who is a gaming addict, a divorcee with his angelic little girl, a mysterious writer, a gay couple, and an eye-candy. Eight tenants and a perverted Landlord, six rooms and a bunch of secrets, the potential of our human nature made it impossible to predict how much more secrets each room held.

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Tenants Downstairs
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Shio rated it
December 26, 2015
Status: --
Bizarre is probably the best word to explain this novel. The landlord is a pervert, but he’s different from other LN pervert protagonist. It’s more to the mix of insanity and fetish rather than 'research' material. So let me just say this first. If you are looking for echi or light comedy, you won’t find any here. Second, do not read this if you have faint heart, and it is not advisable to eat (especially red meat) while reading. Why did I rate this as 5? Simple. Because it offer... more>> a way of thinking that I’ve never imagine before, even if it is repulsive. The character is complex, and the interaction between tenants bring some wonderful details. Read the tag and summary carefully before deciding to read this series or not. If you can handle it, I see no reason to not try this novel. <<less
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Raziel rated it
April 29, 2016
Status: Completed
This is a really interesting story full of dark stuff. Clearly show the true ugly nature of humanity. Don’t read it if you have weak hearts.
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Evil1220 rated it
January 24, 2016
Status: --
This is the most sick, perverted, horrifying, biggest f*cking piece of sh*t there is... mind my language and yet its pretty goddamned good not gonna lie.
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YoriMei rated it
August 7, 2021
Status: Completed
A very good (?) psychological thriller-horror story that will absolutely disgust you and yet intrigue you. Our MC is 'landlord' who stands on the moral high ground of being an "honorable" peeping tom who spies on people to see their true faces, installing multiple hidden cameras and microphones in his inherited apartment to spy on his tenants for his own enjoyment. Despite insisting that he's not like the usual perverts who peep for s*x and is instead peeping to watch 'human nature', he sees himself as a 'director' and proceeds... more>> to meddle with the lives of his tenants so that they will follow his "script". Cue one twisted story where landlord plays chess master and sets up all sorts of messed up scenarios for his tenants, except for the elusive, puzzling murderer: Ms. Yang Rui, who honestly does her own thing on the side rather than participating in landlord's schemes.

Plotwise there's not a lot of mystery since you follow landlord whose the one responsible for all of this, instead it's more of a thriller as the story slowly unravels what landlord's 'script' is and why he's doing the things he does along. Do note that this story was marked as fully translated but it's actually missing the epilogue, which is actually incredibly important and ties off the whole story and that it also differs from the movie adaption. As for the characters, firstly I would say this story isn't a story where the author is expecting you to like the MC or even any of the characters. Landlord is actually incredibly infuriating in his unreliable narration role; he sits on a high horse and gleefully sees himself as some philosophical criminal mastermind whose toying with a bunch of lab rats (except for Yang Rui, who scares him due to her killing sprees). He's disgusting, but just because you don't like landlord means that it's a bad story, just means you might need perseverance to keep going for the plot.

Would I recommend this story? Yes, if you like psychopathic MC's and explicitly want a true horror-thriller type novel. This isn't really the story where the readers are supposed to sympathize or like any of the characters, so do be warned that there is a chance you'll hate landlord; but if you want a dark story this will definitely hit the spot.

As I said before, the epilogue isn't translated yet and is actually very, very important. Thus; I'll give spoilers for it here if you've finished the previous 13 chapters but please note it was a little confusing so it might not be 100% correct:


So, who was our landlord anyways? Why did I say he was an unreliable narrator?

He's a lunatic who killed the real landlord, kept the body in the closet and proceeded to pretend to be the landlord's relative :)

In the epilogue, you find out he operated as the landlord for five years and is now in police custody as a suspect for several murders. His tale of events is actually a recount to the police of what happened, but the police note that his story is partially impossible, hence the unreliable narrator part. In fact, Bai Yi and Old Zhang were found murdered in two separate locations before the story that 'landlord' was telling them could have happened and the pharmaceutical person Qin didn't exist. The police officer we follow notes that 'landlord' has his fingerprints melted off/destroyed, but also that one tenant, the murderer Yang Rui, has no physical evidence of even existing. Landlord is suspected of making up Yang Rui and is later put in prison. At home, officer finds that landlord's confessional journal (that landlord insisted he read) was snuck home in in his brief case and he proceeds to read it several times that night, finding himself ruminating on it's contents and unable to sleep. Later on, officer cuts a deal with a drug lord and sells out several undercover cops in exchange for a huge chunk of money that he uses to buy and refurbish an apartment building. After installing several hidden cameras and microphones, he watches his tenants under the guise of upholding justice and social reform. Who is also a tenant of this officer's building? The elusive Ms. Yang Rui, who walks into the view of the cameras with a new murder victim :)

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NaM rated it
April 6, 2016
Status: --
pretty interesting (Sick, Bizzare, disturbing), a brilliant work.

A story about a landlord who inheret an apartment building which gave him a possibility/opportunity to satisfy his curiousity, ego, dream and fetish with his tenants as his chesspiece.

5.. Why? Simply because the story enable us. The ordinary person, to pry or take upon the shoes of a psychological CRIMINAL making us feel the equisite unique feel that the MC in the story feel.. It open up unknown possibility which somehow may show the complexity of the being called “Human”.

[warning r18.. Not suitable... more>> to people 18 below and people with close mindset.]

done with the review.. Now for the honest reaction:

“It F*cking feels like a emotion Roller coaster” <<less
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NoLongerTheSame rated it
July 28, 2021
Status: Completed

I felt dirty after reading this, but not in a sensual way. It's like I had all the vomit-inducing stuff poured all over me. I didn't puke or anything, but half-way up to the end of the novel I felt like I lost a part of my humanity; and that I lost faith in humanity as well. I've only read few urban horror novels, however among them this novel depicted inhumanity most vividly.

Objectively speaking, the novel was actually good because it managed to convey what I thought it wanted to... more>> convey which was the ugly, disgustingly ugly, side of humans. However, on a personal level I cannot approve of it. It made me question just how f*cked up of a mind do you have to be able to write something like this. In all of my reading experiences, I've never felt anger, horror and disgust at the same time until I read this.

P.S. If I see anyone in the forums looking for recommendations on a psycopath MC, I'll give them this, and hope they suffer too. <<less
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alexfilia rated it
August 9, 2017
Status: c12 part1
This is a horror story!

Basically everyone living in this apartment complex has a screw lose

but the worst of the all is the landlod who spies and manipulates everyone!.....

..... and maybe that hanibal serial killer >.>
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AdalSaira rated it
March 21, 2021
Status: Completed
This is lol 🤣🤣

I mean, the tenants doesn't seem ever doubt the landlord. Haha 😆

And MC is a typical bored weirdo who search of entertainment in his mid-age. Cause, tbh, I can see myself in him. 🙈 🙈. This is cool but please don't involve your feeling nor your brain while reading these. If you a person that enjoy pure craziness and madness, this is for you. (And me. Lol 😆😆)

Don't read if you are a person who holds the justice so high towards the sky 🤣


Good ending but I'm really curious how miss chen's end up in the story after meeting the boys at the stairs. 😂😂 I didn't pay enough attention.


**Sorry for my fault in English grammar or words. Not native. Hehe 😋☺️☺️**


I can get the nausea feeling when first murder took place. But after that is a pure enjoyment of the MC's craziness. Poor the tenants didn't know all of their misfortune has caused by the MC. 😂 😂 🤣.

Also I'm pretty interested at Ying Ru. So gorgeous and soft. Kidnap, torture, and kill without hesitation.
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DaoLaw rated it
June 22, 2019
Status: c13 part8
Urgh. I was about to comment about amazing this novel is, but I just saw that the epilogue was untranslated. There's even a comment that talks about some secret regarding the landlord. I absolutely need this epilogue...~
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Yukka rated it
October 25, 2018
Status: c4
I am a sick person that likes to read perverted and disturbing things. Which is why I picked up this story because based on the reviews, it seemed to fit what I like.

Okay, what stopped me from reading is not the writing. The way the story is told is very engaging. I loved the unique characteristics of the characters. It satisfy the crazy in me to have a variety of twistedness to read about.

But I wish that the writer had done more research.

... more>>

The serial murderer drugs her victim and does all sorts of things to his body. Things like drugging him constantly with sleeping pills and pumping water directly into his stomach, etc. This I can still accept because it is a work of fiction. I do not expect 100% accuracy.

But when it comes to injecting things into the blood stream, my mind just starts thinking about everything that is going wrong. Because I study about the human body, it is something I cannot help but be picky.

Like with an unhygienic needle, I started thinking about infection. Injecting milk and soy sauce into the blood, in my mind, I am thinking this man's cells are going to go crazy and he is going to die soon.


This broke my immersion in the story and I just cannot continue on. I really want to like this. But unfortunately, we are not fated. <<less
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Skylark27Cloud rated it
August 30, 2018
Status: --
I was interested at first but as I continue to read on, I am getting furious with the MC, he sees himself as the director or someone who could see a prophecy... He destroyed the lives of the tenants, he didn't even spare the little girl who is really innocent. That's why I only rate 1 star for this story.
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Dotlove rated it
April 11, 2016
Status: --
This series is very worth reading. You can feel the emotions at play and all the character's are very interesting, I'm hyped up for the movie's finale I'm glad I started reading so far in to the translation.
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thundermin rated it
January 18, 2022
Status: Completed
This novel is twisted and weird but also a masterpiece

It is not for the faint of heart.

This novel takes about 2-3 hours to finish I recommend anyone who finds the synopsis interesting to read it.
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zensen rated it
August 5, 2017
Status: c12 part1
Filthy and bizarre at the same time. The writing is clear and detailed, it blew my mind. A social experiment leading to drawing out the dark potential of the human mind. All natural behavior of a human described as crime and evil but again it is being human. I like the author's delivery of how the mind can go and do stuffs from repetition, a photocopy of someone to being unique. Human behaviors, being a serial killer, a peeping tom and sick fetishes are well written. You will crave for... more>> more chapters! Kudos to this novel! Please give us more chapters to now the climax and finale.. <<less
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V_sA.Bl_.E rated it
March 5, 2021
Status: Completed
I want to give a lower rating because I don’t like 2 of the endings 2 of the characters got, but I can’t. This novel is crazy, but good. Don’t read this if you have a strong sense of justice or can’t accept cruel actions with no reason. I’m not good with reviews, but this novel is amazing.
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Fabulous _Fujoshi rated it
August 30, 2019
Status: Completed
~For a short read, was surprisingly shown character... growth? Hmm maybe corruption is better.

~Was descriptive enough that you would be able to understand well how the situation was.

~No info dumps, you learn little by little how each characters personality traits are.

... more>> ~The MC, transcends from morally ambiguous, into a whole different mindset at the end.

~The ending is probably my fave part, if this was written about something else would've thought that's so wholesome, love that lighthearted moment, almost felt like I shouldve learned a lesson somehow.

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Renjisea rated it
March 8, 2019
Status: --
This is a nonsense story. It has to value whatsoever than to proved writing sh*t is possible.

Author skill is waste by writing this story
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GDLiZy rated it
September 14, 2018
Status: Completed
Unbelievably fascinating.

This is the story about a madman whose goal in life is to become a director and a screenwriter. He conveniently acquired an apartment and installed many hidden cameras in every room. He believed that the 'True Self' of everyone would surface when they were completely alone.

His way of choosing his tenants was their personality and character trail, an old man whose fetish was to drink expired milk, etc.

The story is about a twisted way of thinking where moral was thrown out and deemed as worthless tr*sh.
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wigglegui rated it
May 1, 2018
Status: Completed
Quite a nice read if I must say so. Recommended for people who like dark, sick and disturbing stories. Also, I recommend everyone to watch the movie adaptation of the novel which can be found on youtube.
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Envirst rated it
January 18, 2023
Status: Completed
This is a huge breath of fresh air, I haven't read anything like that in years. The description doesn't make it justice, but that's for the better, as I wasn't prepared for what was inside. I admit I laughed too much while reading it, surely that's totally normal behavior :)
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