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... Especially when there are 10 applicants for each apartment (nt)

Posted by MikeW on March 08, 2001 at 14:33:43:

In Reply to: checking records posted by chelsea on March 07, 2001 at 11:29:01:

: It's always a seller's market in NYC; that's why we have rent regulation. And that's why landlords get away with saying things like:
: "We don't take gambles on tenants who have EVER been sued by their landlord." Why rule out a potential tenant who may just have had a bad landlord? Might as well reject people who have had parking tickets, or who come from Wisconsin, or who have had a bad case of the flu. Sounds to me like a threat to discourage tenants from exercising their rights.

: : 2. The reason landlords check references, credit reports, landlord-tenant court records, etc., is not so much that it is a seller's market (though it may be) but that it is next to impossible to evict a bad tenant. Accordingly, to keep down the cost in money and time of going to court -- particularly with stabilized apartments -- we don't take gambles on people who have EVER been sued by their landlord, people who have been self-employed for less than three year, people who have been late more than once with their credit cards, people who have more than 10 credit cards, etc.

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