I discovered a pretty good reason not to cross your landlord - he might steal your toilet.
A man in New York removed the toilet and other fixtures from his basement apartment to force his tenants to move out. Fausto Pinos was fined with 24 housing code violations, so clearly he removed more than just a few necessary fixtures. When asked why the tenants stayed in the apartment despite the awful living conditions the woman said she simply had no place to go.
Wow, her town in New York must really suck if living in her with no toilet, probably no sink or kitchen items was better than finding someplace else to live!