13 Jokes NOT to Tell Your Residents on April Fools Day

So funny we forgot to laugh.
Jessica Fiur, Managing Editor
Jessica Fiur, Managing Editor

It’s April 1st! Time for some practical jokes and zany hijinks, right?


But, there is a line you don’t want to cross. Don’t do anything cruel or dangerous (like telling someone you’re giving them a chocolate chip cookie but giving them an oatmeal raisin. That is both cruel to them and dangerous for you, because you might get back a totally deserved punch in the arm). Know your audience, basically. And, while I hate to be a buzzkill, if you’re a property manager, you might want to think twice about telling the following jokes to your residents:

  • You’re getting evicted.
  • Someone towed your car.
  • Your electricity is being shut off.
  • The building is infested with rats/cockroaches/bedbugs/social media influencers.
  • Your apartment flooded while you were out.
  • We accidentally told the mail carriers that the garbage chute was the mail box.
  • We’ve overbooked the building, so we’re going to start assigning out roommates randomly.
  • We’re starting construction, which will happen between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. every day.
  • Intercoms are broken. Please shout down to your visitors.
  • We’re going to be renting out the empty rooms on the top floor to a tap dancing studio.
  • The building will no longer offer garbage service, so please take your trash with you in your pockets.
  • We’ll be conducting fire drills at 3 a.m.
  • What package?

What are some other jokes you shouldn’t tell your residents? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Post your comments on our Facebook page or send a tweet to @MHNOnline or @jfiur

PS: Thanks to IvyLee Rosario and Veronica Greco for some of the suggestions!