This guy wins the bad landlord prize. Raul Bolufe posted a series of TikTok videos showing himself raising his tenant’s rent by nearly 230%. He was met with a mixture of rage and disbelief for trying to double the long-term renter’s cost of living.
Raul Bolufe Tried to Raise a Tenant’s Rent From $1,100 to $2,500
Raul Bolufe is a TikToker, real estate investor, and coach. The Miami-based businessman gives advice on how to profit from real estate investments and what he looks for in potential tenants. But it’s not clear what he thought he was going to get out of these cruel videos. If this was his way of showing how to “stick to your guns” and not lose money from undercharging, he seemed to be going about it the wrong way.
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The first video showed Bolufe talking to a home renter on the phone. He’d just taken over ownership of the house, which she’d lived in for a decade. He said she currently pays $1,100 and he was thinking about raising her rent to about $2,200-$2,500 to match local Miami prices.
“Are you kidding me? That has to be a joke… That’s over double my current rent,” said the tenant. “I can’t afford that sh*t. I have kids and I’m already working two jobs as it is. Where do you want me to go now?”
The second video resulted in a threat to burn the house down. The tenant threatened to call the cops — and her brothers — and absolutely refused to pay double her rent. To this, Bolufe said he’d serve her a 30-day eviction notice.
It gets worse, and even a little creepy. A third video shows Bolufe sitting in his car while his tenant is on the phone again.
“You really thought I’d meet you in person after you tried to double my rent? I’m not paying more than $1,100,” she says.
“Look, I told you I’d work with you,” responds the lurking landlord.
The tenant proceeds to tell him to get lost and says she even changed the locks.
Did This Landlord Break the Law? Recording a Phone Conversation Without Party Consent and For Commercial Gain in Florida Is a Felony
The videos have received millions of views and a lot of accusations of the landlord being cruel. While Florida does not have rent control laws, doubling someone’s rent is sure to result in them becoming homeless. Others said Bolufe was in the right to raise the rent because it was a business.
Some also pointed out that Florida has a telecommunications law that prohibits recording someone on the phone without their consent. According to Fla. Stat. § 934.03(4)(a)., Bolufe just committed a felony, unless the entire series of videos was staged.
The law states: “Intercepting or recording a private conversation or disclosing or trying to disclose such a recording without the consent of all parties is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines, unless the interception is a first offense committed without any illegal purpose, and not for commercial gain.” Unfortunately for Bolufe, he is indeed using his TikTok for commercial purposes. So, if his tenant finds out what he did, he could be in a heap of hot water.