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my vacancy / apps (by tonia [RI]) Nov 18, 2020 12:27 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Nov 18, 2020 12:54 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by JB [OR]) Nov 18, 2020 1:27 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by Tonia [RI]) Nov 18, 2020 1:57 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by 6x6 [TN]) Nov 18, 2020 2:42 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by Small potatoes [NY]) Nov 18, 2020 2:58 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by Sisco [MO]) Nov 18, 2020 3:35 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by Tonia [RI]) Nov 18, 2020 3:41 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by Steve [MA]) Nov 18, 2020 4:39 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Nov 18, 2020 5:38 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by RentsDue [MA]) Nov 18, 2020 5:50 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by Dee Ann [WI]) Nov 18, 2020 6:50 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by plenty [MO]) Nov 18, 2020 9:00 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Nov 19, 2020 4:21 AM
       my vacancy / apps (by Tm [IN]) Nov 19, 2020 9:03 AM
       my vacancy / apps (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Nov 19, 2020 11:58 AM
       my vacancy / apps (by brightventures [TN]) Nov 19, 2020 4:22 PM
       my vacancy / apps (by Small potatoes [NY]) Nov 20, 2020 12:30 AM
       my vacancy / apps (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Nov 21, 2020 9:02 AM

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my vacancy / apps (by tonia [RI]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 12:27 PM

Dear Landlords, in preparing for a vacancy and marketing, I am getting flooded with responses. It is a C studio / efficiency apt ideal for single occupancy. I am marketing on FB and Craig list and is the worst set of applicants yet. One applicant is a repeat felony (drug offenses) and her boy friend is offering to be a co-signer. Her credit is good and she is working in an optometrist office. I just don't like the felony drug charges, and the fact that the boyfriend is being pushy about it. Another applicant was in a housefire (his mother owns the property) that is under investigation. He does work and his mother would be a co-signer. He is looking for a 6 month lease as the home is being repaired. Other applicants are just being pushy, and at this point I just want to take my time to select the right applicant with all the covid19 issues ensuing. I also need to update the lease due to these issues, which this site is helping me tremendously. I don't want to keep the apartment vacant too long, but these applicants are not the greatest to choose from. Any thoughts or feedback would be appreciated.

my vacancy / apps (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 12:54 PM

I found Craig's List was getting me tons of responses, most of which were suspicious. I actually think people just answer ads there to have fun with Landlords and make us do busy work. Facebook was better, got a good response, you can actually see their Facebook postings and weed out some baddies. Loved the one who sounded great on response but had pictures of him and his homies, smoking marijuana, flashing gang signs, and holding money and guns. The usual stuff.

Keep being vigilant about who you choose, better to have an empty rental for a few weeks than to get the wrong people in there who will create nothing but headaches and damages.

my vacancy / apps (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 1:27 PM

Yep, it's a real crapshoot out there right now. I also just received an inquiry from a FB user that had a big picture of his face on his page with the teardrop tattoos big as life. Thanks for helping me quickly see who you are!

my vacancy / apps (by Tonia [RI]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 1:57 PM

Thanks JB and Blonde, on FB many of the inquires are just" is this place available" and yes JB I do review the profiles. If there is something I don't like, then I don't even reply. On Craigslist, I think I received a better response but not sure about the guy in the housefire. Last thing I want is my property set ablaze. Very scary the prospects out there right now for us private landlords.

my vacancy / apps (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 2:42 PM

You are right to be cautious and take your time.

No deadbeats allowed.

my vacancy / apps (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 2:58 PM


You need to set up Google forms or a system where you are not directly talking to these dead ends. If I read your past right you are not considering them, correct?

Try reposting w higher rent. CL is useless for me and I have not done fb. Why not give zumper a try?

my vacancy / apps (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 3:35 PM

With current attitudes toward evictions; this is not the time for a landlord to make exceptions on screening criteria.

Be firm.

Better vacant than wrong.

my vacancy / apps (by Tonia [RI]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 3:41 PM

No Small Potatoes, I am not considering these applicants. They are not really even applicants (just inquiries). I am very small landlord so I do not have any electronic system currently in place. I have been reading about Google Forms on this website. I will have to look into it. Sisco, I agree whole heartedly. The boyfriend had the nerve to tell me I could "evict his girlfriend" for cause if needed. Not a word a landlord ever wants to hear during a screening. Thank you all for sound advice! Stay safe and be well.

my vacancy / apps (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 4:39 PM

Long ago I learn how much more expensive it can be to rent to a marginal tenant than it is to keep the unit vacant. You're wise to not lower your standards.

my vacancy / apps (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 5:38 PM


Sure guns, dope and gang signs are all normal......Down in Barro Logan at night.

I know San Diego is rougher than where I am at. Instead of guns, dope and gang signs we have guns, stils and camo colored bibs

I sure do like hearing though folks are using FB for screening

my vacancy / apps (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 5:50 PM

Craigslist is a train wreck. Facebook Marketplace is the compost pile it crashes into. If it makes you feel better, I have had a vacancy since June. Lots and lots of the types you describe trying to get in the door. They are definitely more aggressive now. Get good screening criteria and stick to it. So far my saving grace has been a 700 credit score. Not even an issue for the good tenants but the bottom feeders wonít come close. As mentioned, prescreen. I donít do google forms. You can just write it up in the notes on your phone and send it to them from there. No conversation needed until they pass that prescreening.

my vacancy / apps (by Dee Ann [WI]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 6:50 PM

I've been getting the same ad responses, deadbeats that do not qualify. Pulled the ad for now...will be updating my criteria, lease and Early Termination requirements/fees.

Our governor has a COVID bill with a provision that would allow DHS to disallow evictions through 2021 in the works. This concerns me, so while making my updates, I'd also like

to see the fallout from that before posting again.

my vacancy / apps (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 9:00 PM

Take your ad down for a few days while you work on your paperwork. Then relist for more money and hopefully that will slow down the deadbeat calls and bring in a little better class of possible renters. Better empty than rented to the wrong person. --172.56.xx.xx

my vacancy / apps (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2020 4:21 AM

Try different websites where google to find websites which have rentals. Often the source of ads will bring in different types of applicants. Be sure to include in ad that will provide rental applications to all adults as this eliminates problem tenants who will avoid credit checks. Right now and future it is going to difficult to evict problem tenants. In the province of Ontario most rental housing providers will not even go near anyone with credit score below the seven hundreds. Housing for some they think that should be a right no matter what problems they cause. Illegal drug dealers are the worse type of applicants. Here there is gun control where it is common for drug dealers to have illegal hand guns. Most of problems in larger cities are related to gang activity where people getting shot is common. Had someone come around where they were holed up in mothers basement with his girlfriend where he said a credit check on his girlfriend was not possible. It sounds like a movie where the bad people are holed somewhere. He called a few months later where told him would provide rental applications for all adult applicants. For problem tenants getting evicted along with trashing out is a way of life like the videos on You Tube tenants from hell.

my vacancy / apps (by Tm [IN]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2020 9:03 AM

Try zumper too. Craigslist is pretty dead around here. With that said, zillow went from major ad source to nothing in less than one week. Zillow had 20+ads every week, now... maybe one.

Right now I advertise on fb marketplace. Everything goes to the business page with automatic replies. Sending them to our website. Those idiots that are "pushy" you, I never see or actually hear. They can messages, I can block or ignore and keep working.

Whats funny i had my wifey do it this time around. "Why are people idiots!? Can't they read the ad/description? I'm tired of people asking if its available." Welcome to my life all summer long....

my vacancy / apps (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2020 11:58 AM

I used Zillow (because of the anonymous email function) and I never listed my phone number. Made it very easy to not have people bothering me. Then they changed their policy and started to charge for advertising. First ad free and then a charge after that. Most responses were 'is it available'. Like you Tim, I thought it was very strange all of them said the same thing. I found out by having a friend apply to my ad that it was a BOX that could be checked. Duh. Everyone checked the box, not realizing it would send a message to my email, not just check for availability. I started replying, 'yes, do you want an appointment to see it?' and most of them never responded. waste of my time. Still like Facebook with the link to their page to see just who they 'are'.

my vacancy / apps (by brightventures [TN]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2020 4:22 PM

It is pretty easy to set up a google from with your pre-screen questions with a comment under the question. For example. Do you or any roommates smoke?....with comment no smoking allowed on the premises. That way they can screen themselves in or out and not complete the form. Then you share prescreen link on the listing or send with replies to those requesting a tour.

It is my litmus test. If they can't follow instructions to fill out a form then properly not a tenant I would want to rent to if they can't follow instructions.

I do like the ability with FB to check out their profile, type of posts and photos. Put do hate the constant is this available and then say yes and there is no follow-up.

Stick to your guns and follow your gut. It cost to much time and money to fix the unit backup and market again after a bad tenant.

my vacancy / apps (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2020 12:30 AM


Try Zumper you can even list it w just cross st and no address. Then look up how to get a Google voice # and set up the vmail. Do you have a Gmail account?

my vacancy / apps (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2020 9:02 AM

clearly you are NOT thinking outside the box

HINT: Do you have a posting with Human Resource Depts at your local Hospital, university or other large employers

Here in NH Dartmouth Hospital and Dartmouth College have a coordinator for housing their employees

A friend posts for me at the local Ruger Gun manufacturing plant - the largest employer

Gate House at local lumber yard puts listing in the window where workers pass all day long

Laundromats all have bulletin Boards

GET going on living in the solution instead of whining about the problem


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