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Got a Renter Horror Story? Curbed Could Pay Your Rent!

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Have you ever rented a house or room and had things go horribly wrong? Absentee landlords, drug-addicted roommates, mice and other creatures living in the walls? If this is the case, Curbed wants you. Next week is our Renters Week 2011 and we'll have a special focus on all the things that come along with not owning a home in DC. One of those things is getting bad finds on Craigslist or having to rent from Aunt Norma and her cats. And so, what better way to fete this day, Halloween, than by asking you, dear readers, to send along your Renter Horror Stories. The rules are simple: we'll collect 'em all and put the best up to a vote on Thursday. The winner of Curbed DC will face off against other worthy Renter Horror Stories from our other city sites in a massive poll hosted on our sister site Curbed National on Friday. Then—and here's the big thing—the national winner will claim one glorious month of gloriously free rent funded entirely (and jovially) by Curbed. (Up to $2,500, people—it shouldn't be our problem that some of you choose to pay $5K a month in rent.)

Our tipline is officially open, so send your tales immediately. They don't have to be too long—a couple hundred words should do it. Then sit back and start dreaming of better days ahead.

Speaking of Horror Stories, here are two we ran a while ago just get you in the mood (both are from homeowners, so renters we need to hear your voice too).

· Horror Story Of The Buyer Beware Variety [CDC]
· Horror Story: An Expensive Mistake [CDC]