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Kid during showing (by Laura [MD]) Jul 4, 2018 7:30 AM
       Kid during showing (by NE [PA]) Jul 4, 2018 7:34 AM
       Kid during showing (by Laura [MD]) Jul 4, 2018 7:48 AM
       Kid during showing (by Opinionated [NC]) Jul 4, 2018 7:55 AM
       Kid during showing (by NE [PA]) Jul 4, 2018 7:56 AM
       Kid during showing (by NE [PA]) Jul 4, 2018 7:59 AM
       Kid during showing (by Sisco [MO]) Jul 4, 2018 9:01 AM
       Kid during showing (by razorback_tim [AR]) Jul 4, 2018 9:24 AM
       Kid during showing (by Ken [NY]) Jul 4, 2018 9:27 AM
       Kid during showing (by LindaJ [NY]) Jul 4, 2018 9:45 AM
       Kid during showing (by AllyM [NJ]) Jul 4, 2018 10:14 AM
       Kid during showing (by Busy, but always took care of my kids [WI]) Jul 4, 2018 11:18 AM
       Kid during showing (by Nicole [PA]) Jul 4, 2018 11:26 AM
       Kid during showing (by Robert J [CA]) Jul 4, 2018 12:08 PM
       Kid during showing (by cjo'h [CT]) Jul 4, 2018 1:41 PM
       Kid during showing (by cjo'h [CT]) Jul 4, 2018 1:51 PM
       Kid during showing (by RentsDue [MA]) Jul 4, 2018 1:55 PM
       Kid during showing (by C&J [CO]) Jul 4, 2018 2:09 PM
       Kid during showing (by J [FL]) Jul 4, 2018 2:49 PM
       Kid during showing (by WMH [NC]) Jul 4, 2018 2:56 PM
       Kid during showing (by Tom [FL]) Jul 4, 2018 2:58 PM
       Kid during showing (by cjo'h [CT]) Jul 4, 2018 3:14 PM
       Kid during showing (by plenty [MO]) Jul 4, 2018 3:37 PM
       Kid during showing (by CJ [MO]) Jul 4, 2018 4:09 PM
       Kid during showing (by Lana [IN]) Jul 4, 2018 4:17 PM
       Kid during showing (by J [FL]) Jul 4, 2018 4:32 PM
       Kid during showing (by David [NC]) Jul 4, 2018 4:53 PM
       Kid during showing (by Vee [OH]) Jul 4, 2018 5:43 PM
       Kid during showing (by C&J [CO]) Jul 4, 2018 6:10 PM
       Kid during showing (by DJ [VA]) Jul 4, 2018 8:24 PM
       Kid during showing (by cjo'h [CT]) Jul 4, 2018 11:12 PM
       Kid during showing (by LiveTheDream [AZ]) Jul 5, 2018 12:21 AM
       Kid during showing (by Jeffrey [VA]) Jul 5, 2018 4:06 AM
       Kid during showing (by C&J [CO]) Jul 5, 2018 4:33 AM
       Kid during showing (by Nicole [PA]) Jul 5, 2018 7:56 AM
       Kid during showing (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jul 5, 2018 1:30 PM
       Kid during showing (by bet [MA]) Jul 5, 2018 7:30 PM
       Kid during showing (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jul 6, 2018 8:22 AM
       Kid during showing (by Pat [VA]) Jul 6, 2018 8:54 AM

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Kid during showing (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 7:30 AM
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I did a showing last night at 7:30. The 2 year old kid ran around like a demon. He had his hand stretched out in front of him and would run full force into doors and (most importantly) windows. I was afraid a window was going to break. The Mother would say gently now don't do that & he is tired.

I think his parents are going to apply...I am assuming this is enough to disqualify them? Of course I will find another reason. They gross $190K a year. They drove up in a fancy car & want to rent my townhouse. They are moving according to them because current owner is selling. They have been there 8 years. --108.51.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 7:34 AM
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Tough one. I'd be inclined to deny based on a toddler terrorist. Although, my kids are terrorists too.

Contact the owner of their property and see what he/she is asking for the house. If it's not for sale, you've caught their first lie. --50.32.xxx.xx




Kid during showing (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 7:48 AM
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I was wondering is this normal behavior (been a while since i was around a 2 year old) and can the windows break? --108.51.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by Opinionated [NC]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 7:55 AM
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A couple applied to rent one of my premises. When I told them to come to the premises to sign the lease, he came with his 3 year old daughter from a previous marriage. She kicked everything, walls, cabinets, doors, etc. Ignored his commands. So I told him to leave-- there would be no lease, no keys. --66.226.xx.xxx




Kid during showing (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 7:56 AM
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Well, the other day, my almost 2 year old was banging on my living room window with a hammer, so yes. When I yelled "no" at him, he knew he was serious. --50.32.xxx.xx




Kid during showing (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 7:59 AM
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This is why I'm hesitant on lock box showings. I've started them again, but you miss this stuff. This stuff is IMPORTANT, IMPORTANT, IMPORTANT to see. Ihad a couple with 2 kids about 8 years ago running around like nuts and standing on the baseboard heaters. I should've pay attention to that flag, because that couple got evicted. --50.32.xxx.xx




Kid during showing (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 9:01 AM
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NE, after 3 years of in home visits I have learned that I had better not overlook or minimize deficiencies during the visit, because their problems only intensify after the move.

If their current home is a little dirty, mine will be kept very dirty - and a very dirty turnover. Pet owners must be held to meticulous standards, or it will be a big refurb job at turnover.

If a kid seems a little spoiled in his current home, he will be a major problem in my house. There is no middle ground. Great or awful. --72.172.xxx.xx




Kid during showing (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 9:24 AM
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Is it normal for a 2 YO to behave in that manner? Probably. The concerning part is the parents letting it continue. --70.178.x.xx




Kid during showing (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 9:27 AM
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Good parents wouldn't let a kid act like that in public regardless of what he does at home,assuming this is a nice home in an A or B neighborhood there is no way I would take them --72.231.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 9:45 AM
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If they aren't going to discipline the kids (or leave them home if they are that bad) then the parents don't see the problem and there is no way I would take them.

Then of course there are the parents I see in W-mart that actually scream at their kids and call them names for stuff that really doesn't warrant such from a parent. Glad they are not my tenants too. --108.44.xx.xxx




Kid during showing (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 10:14 AM
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Running right into things with the arm out in front of him would indicate a vision problem. I taught kindergarten so two year olds are not my area of expertise. I do think this behavior is not normal and self destructive unless the kid is half blind. If the parents are not controlling this or helping the child I would not want them as tenants. If the kid hurts himself you will possibly get sued. --73.178.xxx.xx




Kid during showing (by Busy, but always took care of my kids [WI]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 11:18 AM
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He's tired = Applicant knows the kid has needs, but applicant is too (fill in the blank) to take care of them.

Applicant'll also be too (fill in the blank) to properly parent the kid when they live in your nice townhouse too.

Normal behavior for a two year old at 7:30 PM is to be getting jammies on and teeth brushed. Two year olds NEED to be in bed by 8 at the latest, 7:30 is more appropriate. And that's if there is not an early wake up time.

I will cut a little slack for lower income parents who have tighter resources, but those families wouldn't be qualifying for a nicer property. Lower income families might not have money for a sitter to watch the toddler, but a family with higher income, nice car, wanting to rent a nicer place should have enough common sense to take care of the toddler's needs.

I get a little nasty about this because I am just so tired of adults placing wants above discipline (scheduling a sitter to put little Festus to bed takes discipline.) No, the world does not want to see your two year old out in society after 7 PM! --172.58.xxx.xx




Kid during showing (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 11:26 AM
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agree with above that this is the very reason I would never do a lock box showing. I want to see, touch, feel and smell everything about these folks. you cannot screen this type behavior.

I've got a lot of grandkids and even when you are watching them without blinking, somehow that little one gets chapstick all over the picture window in seconds !! --72.70.xxx.xx




Kid during showing (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 12:08 PM
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The last time that I asked a parent to "control" their children during a showing, I was belittled and ridiculed by the parents. They said, "what would you do, after all they are only children"? I replied, while pulling out of my pocket some lip gloss, "I could pepper spray them, do you think that will stop them in their tracks"? The parents than gathered up their brood and left. --47.156.xx.xx




Kid during showing (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 1:41 PM
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Laura,the fact that they're making that kind of money an still renting tells you all you need to know,Poor child? And Miss Ally's worried about Ahmid............charlie.............................................................. --174.199.xx.xxx




Kid during showing (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 1:51 PM
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Laura,I suppose there's a lot to be said for some people not having children...........charlie..........................................................an awful lot........................ --174.199.xx.xxx




Kid during showing (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 1:55 PM
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I took a toy away from a kid who was banging it against a window at a showing. Mom freaked out on ME for taking the kids toy. Apparently I was out of line? She got even angrier when I told her I would not be renting to her. --71.10.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by C&J [CO]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 2:09 PM
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Oh boy, I'm not looking forward to my next vacancy. We have a 3 bed 2 bath that attracts lots of people with kids. Sunday showing scheduled,not looking forward to it after reading all these stories...Robert J [CA] love the pepper spray idea, think I'll go get some --67.143.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by J [FL]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 2:49 PM
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My grandmother used to say she wished she had a magic wand that she could use on people who should never have children. --72.188.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 2:56 PM
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This is why we remove walls, closets and doors to reduce number of bedrooms... --50.82.xxx.xx




Kid during showing (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 2:58 PM
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Robert J of CA, The pepper spray answer is a classic. It solved your problem quickly. They were gone and now onto the next prospect. Saved you a lot of wear and tear on the unit. --99.56.xx.xx




Kid during showing (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 3:14 PM
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NE,telling them the owner was selling,was as good an excuse as any to get rid of a nuances ............how would you get rid of them..........charlie.......CJ....lip gloss is OK....too........................................................... --174.199.xx.xxx




Kid during showing (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 3:37 PM
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I had simular showing. Kid ran into each bedroom and put his wild waving hands on the mini blinds... Scattered blinds swaying... Momma running after kid from room to room.. More like "catch me if you can" found a way to disqualify as there was also another 2 year old that lives with baby mama and comes ever other weekend... Can you image two 2 year olds with such parenting skills... Mom and dad 19 and age 20... Plenty of income... No discipline! --99.203.xx.xxx




Kid during showing (by CJ [MO]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 4:09 PM
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We showed to a mom with two buys. The younger one many be 5 year old running all over the place inside and out. I was worried the neighbor will complain about noise and it would make other tenant nervous to drive on their car home. She does not have much rental history and I asked two month deposit. She did not take it.

--97.91.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 4:17 PM
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I had a showing in a 2BR upper with hardwood floors once and the woman brought her 2 y/o. The two year old had on patent leather shoes that were very loud and she was a dancer and a hopper. The mother knew better than apply.

I had a long time friend visit many years ago(They just graduated from college recently) with her 3 y/o twins. They went tearing into my flowers bent on destruction and mother turned to me and said, "Oh my, I hope they don't destroy your flowers." I told her, "Oh don't worry, most of my flowers are roses and they can take care of themselves." --216.23.xxx.xx




Kid during showing (by J [FL]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 4:32 PM
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Plenty,

That reminds me of a bizarre story.

It was my first rental and I didn't know what I was doing in terms of screening, or how to deny people.

This group came, two kids and two parents. The kids ran wild screaming the whole time and I had a hard time having a conversation with the parents because it was so loud. First they wanted me to only do a credit check on the male, not the wife. The man had an accent--Haitian, or African, I think--he kept repeating "I was in the US military. I was a soldier!". He intimated that he had some kind of mental disability from his military service.

Then they said they wanted to meet in person in different places around the city each month to give me the rent, rather than just mail it to me. I said I didn't think that would be a good idea.

They left and I found out the kids had broken one of the miniblinds sets.

That man called me again a couple of days later about the house and of course I was all nervous about denying someone because I was new at this but I just told him it wasn't going to work out. --72.188.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by David [NC]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 4:53 PM
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My mom would have jerked a knot in my tail if I acted like that. --65.188.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 5:43 PM
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About 10 months ago a young family came into my life with a 4 yr old autistic boy who has some rampages but they have slowed down immensely since I -let him- work with me, he plays with the battery drill just spinning nothing cause I empty the tool holder, he likes to trim shrubbery with the scissors cutter and when engaged he is like his twin brother who loves to have play tools, but this mother works lotsa hours at the cleveland clinic and it seems very hard for a single parent to raise kids, she has family about 6 miles away but they don't drive.

Laura if you have good system to bill tenant in next rent cycle this may work to discipline the parents thru wallet training - I would not suggest this but you said parents as in 2 parental units (taken from the coneheads tv show), the safety of kids pushing thru a window is nothing a owner can control. --76.188.xxx.xx




Kid during showing (by C&J [CO]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 6:10 PM
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WMH [NC] Love the idea about removing doors and walls. SO wont go for a wall removal, but, I'm seriously considering adding shelves to a closet in one bedroom, and removing the door...now we have a 2 bed w/ office. --67.143.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 8:24 PM
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Great discussion, everybody! I am wondering, though, how close does this get to denying based on familial status? I would think it falls more under " all parties must be cooperative during the entire application process". Does anyone have written qualification criteria for children's behavior? How would you word it if, for example, if a judge should ask one day? --68.10.xxx.x




Kid during showing (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 11:12 PM
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DJ,I'd let the judge find out the hard way and let him rent to them himself.....

...........charlie........................... --174.199.xx.xxx




Kid during showing (by LiveTheDream [AZ]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2018 12:21 AM
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When I rented my ex-beach house out about 15 years ago I had a fellow show up with his 3 kids, running around my multi million dollar home like banchees!

After that my 3,600sq ft 5 bedroom became a ONE bedroom with a den, library, gym and office. :)

That actually isn't unusual for higher end areas. Thinking back, on our block about half the homes were singles, the other half couples. People with kids couldn't afford to live there.

--47.216.xx.xxx




Kid during showing (by Jeffrey [VA]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2018 4:06 AM
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To add to WMH's comment, some landlords replace a bath tub with just the shower. Parents with young children want places with bath tubs. --100.4.xx.xxx




Kid during showing (by C&J [CO]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2018 4:33 AM
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Jeffrey [VA] I did exactly that with my 2 bed 1 bath rental, worked like a charm!

I make sure to mention that when advertising as well. --67.143.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2018 7:56 AM
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For quite a few years I've been replacing bath tubs with showers as I redo baths. Did it one time years ago just because the bathroom was small and it made more sense. Had so many comments from folks with kids my mind went ***ding, ding, ding *** --72.70.xxx.xx




Kid during showing (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2018 1:30 PM
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Laura,

Just like pets, it's the parent that's the problem.

I would deny based on something concrete to avoid arguments but in the end I might just have to say "child demonstrated he is out of control". Bad behavior is not a protected class.

BRAD --68.50.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by bet [MA]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2018 7:30 PM
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The last bunch that showed up with kids like that, they were all jumping up and down on the front porch and this was for a 3rd floor apt. I told them to go on up and look at the apt. I was done. lol --74.104.xxx.xxx




Kid during showing (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jul 6, 2018 8:22 AM
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It's in my criteria, applicant will be rejected if applicant or any member of the applicant's party damages or attempts to damage the unit or steals anything from the unit or grounds. Strong arming windows is attempting to damage the property, no mention of children need to be in the rejection.

I had 2 youngsters, maybe 3 and 5, running as fast as they could go and slamming into the sliding glass door. Same kids were carrying in fists full of dirt and gravel and dumping them on the carpet. Mom ignored them. Landlord rejected their application. --174.216.xx.xxx




Kid during showing (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Jul 6, 2018 8:54 AM
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Why so many hard lessons I ask myself? Gave the benefit of a doubt (or 2) to a blowhard poop-truck driver with 2 wild kids and a no count wife. Needless to say it ended badly, evicted them. They were the ones that did red tic tac toe on the walls & ceiling from a bunk bed I guess.

Only reason I gave them a chance he was working for a casual friend that owns a septic business near our rental house. I figured he'd be with them for a while, but nooooo.

The kids were running the length of the house at the showing, & jumping on the kitchen counters.... never get desperate, it does not pay. BTW, these were tax refund lookers, so double whammy. --71.219.xx.xxx



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