Honor Badge (by Doogie [KS]) Mar 15, 2019 6:21 AM|
Honor Badge (by NE [PA]) Mar 15, 2019 6:55 AM
Honor Badge (by RB [MI]) Mar 15, 2019 6:56 AM
Honor Badge (by NE [PA]) Mar 15, 2019 7:05 AM
Honor Badge (by razorback_tim [AR]) Mar 15, 2019 7:24 AM
Honor Badge (by myob [GA]) Mar 15, 2019 7:29 AM
Honor Badge (by GKARL [PA]) Mar 15, 2019 7:42 AM
Honor Badge (by Doogie [KS]) Mar 15, 2019 7:46 AM
Honor Badge (by AllyM [NJ]) Mar 15, 2019 8:11 AM
Honor Badge (by melinda [MD]) Mar 15, 2019 8:50 AM
Honor Badge (by myob [GA]) Mar 15, 2019 12:41 PM
Honor Badge (by DJ [VA]) Mar 15, 2019 2:08 PM
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Honor Badge (by Doogie [KS]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 6:21 AM
I guess I finally got that badge of honor. I had someone come look at a house of mine and wanted to do a second showing. However, they wanted me there for it. I reluctantly agreed. It should have been my red flag (and it will be in the future). I got over there and they wanted to basically do the check in. They started opening windows, turning on faucets, flush the toilet, etc. They were asking me if the cable works. I had to tell them I had no idea because tenants are always switching from Dish to cable to Direct TV, etc. Cable running would be done by the cable company when they turned it on. They then wanted the owner's phone number. Ummm, no. I'm the manager, you can ask me whatever questions you have. At this point, I was done. They were denied. They had a MAJOR attitude on top. I let them know that this wasn't going to work and I wished them luck in their housing search. To say they were mad would be a bit of an understatement. They then got on Zillow and wrote a negative review. It wasn't exactly accurate either, but oh well.
I dodged the bullet on this one, but got a negative review in the process. I can now say I have my badge of honor like a few of you. I won't be adjusting my processes in the future on new tenant prospect. It's too bad Zillow lets you review the LL but the LL cannot review the tenant. I'm not sure I would waste my time with it even if you could. However, it could make for some entertaining reading for those who do.
Honor Badge (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 6:55 AM
Canned respones to that request: "everything is done through text for record keeping purposes. Do you have any questions about the property?"
They typically scurry off to safe spaces out west after that. --174.201.xx.xxx
Honor Badge (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 6:56 AM
Without being offended,
please explain to the class how (heavily)
you screened them, prior to the showing. (or not)
Honor Badge (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 7:05 AM
Should've added that after you give them that response they'll call you a scammer and how unprofessional you are and tell you where to stick it.
Happens often. --174.201.xx.xxx
Honor Badge (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 7:24 AM
I find that every time I make an exception to my SOP for showing a unit and collecting applications it never works out. I must not have a great memory because every once in awhile I get reminded again! --166.137.xxx.xx
Honor Badge (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 7:29 AM
Doogie been there done that. I actually get satisfaction with turning off the lights and telling them this process is over. PLEASE leave!!!!
They usually start with nit picking things that have already been accomplished. That's the time I really let um have it, in a nice way, by reminding them it's only a rental not new construction. --99.103.xxx.xxx
Honor Badge (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 7:42 AM
Craigslist still works for me. I dislike Zillow because of the auto click. They were probably planning on low balling the rent. I've never been asked for a second showing and likely would not provide it. It's a rental not a home purchase and if there's something they can't live with, they can move after the end of the lease term. --64.121.xxx.xxx
Honor Badge (by Doogie [KS]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 7:46 AM
RB - I check criminal history through the online state site. I ask their income, pets, reason for moving (to attempt to gauge if they need it NOW for eviction reasons). They seemed to pass ok on all of that. If they want the place, then it's full application and background check. You cannot screen for attitude at this point.
razorback_tim - I hear you. I do the same thing. I have a process and every time I make an exception to it, it bites me.
myob - I agree. I really dodged a bullet here. At least it was before they moved in. I do think they would be better served with new construction, but it would be at least double the rent I am charging in my area. I wish them luck (or more like, I wish their future LL luck!)
NE - that's why I typically like text. I have record. I don't mind talking to people, but I try and put stuff in writing as much as possible. --72.209.xxx.xxx
Honor Badge (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 8:11 AM
I have had tenants flush toilets and open windows, etc. and it didn't bother me. Confrontational attitude already would bother me. I would not tell them on the spot that I was not taking them due to their behavior. Too dangerous for me. I would let them know later. I will NOT take anyone who says a lot of negative comments about the place. If they don't like it today, they won't like it tomorrow and will be a PITA. --173.61.xxx.xx
Honor Badge (by melinda [MD]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 8:50 AM
We are seeing lots of attitude lately. Not sure if it is me or what. I would think that when someone wants something ( to rent the house) that they would be extra nice . Not so. --24.233.xxx.xx
Honor Badge (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 12:41 PM
melinda you are so right. They have a need to be nice-- and there are a glut of applicants out there who want our places-- so we push them out the door. --99.103.xxx.xxx
Honor Badge (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 2:08 PM
Ally hit on where my mind was going, too. It sounds like you were outnumbered by angry people.
I HOPE you took some safety precautions - like at LEAST tell someone where you were going and the prospects names, and your estimated return time.
Above all else, BE SAFE! Gotta think of this stuff these days. --68.10.xxx.x
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