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LL's are very foolish sometimes

Posted by rs tenant on March 08, 2001 at 17:46:26:

In Reply to: Re: checking records posted by Lurker-Owner on March 08, 2001 at 08:21:52:

: >>Why rule out a potential tenant who may just have had a bad landlord?

: Because we landlords can't tell the difference between a good applicant with a bad landlord and a bad applicant. And because with RS apartments, a landlord can be made to live with his/her renting decisions for years if not decades, why take the risk?

Why should a LL deny a responsible, professional couple from renting an apartment because 6 years ago they filed bankruptcy? In the food chain of bill paying, rent usually comes first and foremost.

What is a credit check or tax return going to tell you about the character of the people who are potential renters?

I have neighbors who have sterling credit (I'm sure) and they are troublemakers, crybabies and whine over any little thing in their apartment. Some are out and out hostile to the super when the sink starts to drip because of a worn out washer.

Contrast that with the divorced mother who pays 80 percent of her income for rent, has never bounced a check, has no credit, changes the washer in the faucets when they drip, takes care of all appliances and things as if they were her own, picks up debris and flyers that are thrown around the halls, etc.

You'd rent to the troublemaker with good credit and have a pain in the tookus on your hands for a long time rather than give the decent tenant an apartment. That's unreal.

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