This question is about a very common problem aka "the landlady with trust issues". I and my partner live in an apartment owned by an absurd person to say the least.
We have been very careful, punctual and attentive all this time in order to reassure her that we are not going to
- Destroy the apartment (in fact we have worked quite a bit to repair, paint it and make additions without charge).
- Forget to pay the rent and bills (we pay rent many days before the deadline and we call her in order to give her the money).
- Cut her off from having access to the house when she wants to inspect it (in the beginning she kept coming in the apartment to get the rent).
The issue now is that when she communicates with me (curiously not with my partner) she asks for the maintenance fee bills, even though I have already given them to her the previous time and when I mention that she gives me a suspicious look, asks me if I'm sure and says she will look into her papers to make sure I really did. Last time she even asked for the receipts (of fees I paid) that have my name on them which she has no right to have nor I can trust her with them. She also gave me the same "advice" she has given me a million times about how not to do damage to some doors. These are only a few of her irrational and recurrent remarks.
As you can imagine this is really frustrating given we are model tenants and have tried so hard to win her trust. I don't know if she has memory issues and can't remember how we have behaved until now, what repairs we have done and what papers we have given to her or if her motives are "darker" in nature. Please keep in mind we can't leave the house until the contract's expiration (for legal and personal reasons).
I really want to find a way to rebuff/avoid the absurd demands/remarks she makes which she repeats with every given opportunity.
Any help will be appreciated.
NOTE: More on the landlady's character - we have observed that she lies occasionally and with no hesitation in order to hide her true intentions or have her way. So asking her about the reason she asks for documents that don't belong to her will be to no avail.