Are Landlords evil? In general, no? Sure there are bad landlords. There are also bad priests, bad dentists, bad cops, bad parents, yada yada yada. Evil exists everywhere. Generalized evil is a bit less common and certainly not present in the relationship between 99% of landlords and tenants.
I could never expand on this nearly as well as Andrew Syrios already has. Thanks to the Mises Institute his perfect rebuttal to the evil landlord theory is available for all investors & would be critics. Give it a read and give Andrew a shout… shout, let it all out.
Once done reading Andrew’s brilliant piece, read about why society actually needs landlords, also thanks to Mises. Bradley Thomas brilliantly & eloquently explains just how bad the “evil landlord” take actually is.