As a former landlord, let me speak. There are several unknowns in your question. Are any of her complaints spelled out in the lease? Are you living in a place that has some form of a homeowners' association? If it is in the lease or covered by the homeowners' association, she has every right to complain. If you are behind on utility bills (gas, water, electricity, etc.), they automatically notify her and she is liable if you don't pay up, so she would have a right to grumble about that. Any changes to the property must be approved by the owner and become the part of the property - you cannot take it with you. Yes, she may be petty about some things, such as the oil leak in the driveway. Chances are, she isn't about to change. First, find another place to live, but don't commit to it. Next, speak with her and say that since she doesn't care for you as a tenant, you would like to be released from the lease with no penalties. If she agrees, go sign the paperwork on the new place and move in. If she does not agree, tough out the remainder of your lease before moving. Of course, make sure you have already lined up the next place and give her all the notice necessary plus a little to make sure you are clean.