I won't go into all the details, it would take a novel...but here is what happened recently to me...
Tenants got divorced, one moved out. The other wants to stay but can't afford it, so they want their cousin to move in. They ask us if he can replace former husband on the lease, we say "both people staying submit applications", so they do.
Current tenant looks ok, but barely enough income and with the divorce we are concerned. But the cousin...WOW.
1) On work release wearing ankle bracelet. a) Possession with intent to sell a narcotic b) Evading police in a motor vehicle c) Driving while having a lifetime suspension of his license
2) Works for a construction company, but has no pay stubs since he "just started". Provides a handwritten note from the company owner stating that he makes $18/hour and works 50 hours/week. Note has owner's name at the end and then right below it the owner signs the note and says to contact him with any questions.
3) I email him and ask why he didn't provide driver's license, he says he doesn't have one, lifetime suspension.
(the above was enough for us to deny, but I wanted to be thorough LOL)
4) First thing I do is look up the company on the web...it exists. It shows the owner's name, but it's spelled differently by one letter than the name on the handwritten note...suspicious. I call the number, get the boss on the phone, ask a few basic questions....but he says he's paying him $15/hour (I didn't tell him the applicant said $18). I then asked if he was paying the guy in a way I could get paystubs...he said "no, I'll 1099 him at the end of year". I then said "Would you at least be willing to write a letter stating how much he makes and how much he works?" He said yes. (If he would have written the letter that the applicant gave me, he would have said "I already did that"). Then I asked how he spelled his last name, and he responded one letter different than was on the hand-written letter LOL.
SO this tenant falsified a document LOL.
I wonder if he'll send a SASE to find out the reason for non-approval, which we require lol.
Then, as a bonus, we get an unsolicited email from someone stating "don't rent to this guy, I'm a friend of the family and he's back to his old ways, and you'll regret it". LOL I certainly won't tell anyone I got that email...just funny though.
You can't make this stuff up.