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Applicant Oddness (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jun 23, 2024 9:03 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by MC [PA]) Jun 23, 2024 9:21 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by Jim [CA]) Jun 23, 2024 9:46 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by ken [NY]) Jun 23, 2024 9:52 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by Jason [VA]) Jun 23, 2024 10:04 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by plenty [MO]) Jun 23, 2024 10:09 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by zero [IN]) Jun 23, 2024 10:34 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by Hoosier [IN]) Jun 23, 2024 10:39 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by Robert J [CA]) Jun 23, 2024 10:56 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jun 23, 2024 11:10 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by jonny [NY]) Jun 23, 2024 11:21 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by DJ [VA]) Jun 23, 2024 2:03 PM
       Applicant Oddness (by RB [TN]) Jun 23, 2024 2:47 PM
       Applicant Oddness (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Jun 23, 2024 3:18 PM
       Applicant Oddness (by ken [NY]) Jun 23, 2024 3:40 PM
       Applicant Oddness (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jun 23, 2024 8:21 PM
       Applicant Oddness (by Bonanza [NC]) Jun 23, 2024 9:32 PM
       Applicant Oddness (by NE [PA]) Jun 23, 2024 9:54 PM
       Applicant Oddness (by GKARL [PA]) Jun 23, 2024 10:07 PM
       Applicant Oddness (by 6x6 [TN]) Jun 24, 2024 7:43 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by zero [IN]) Jun 24, 2024 8:14 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jun 24, 2024 10:41 AM
       Applicant Oddness (by Salernitana [CA]) Jun 24, 2024 12:24 PM
       Applicant Oddness (by mike [CA]) Jun 24, 2024 1:57 PM

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Applicant Oddness (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 9:03 AM

They can always come up with something new to surprise you. Mother and teenage son came to view and they asked if the son could go underneath the house to look around.

I couldn't really think of a reason that he shouldn't. At least I got an inspection report from him and had him check on the furnace while he was down there.

Then at the second house they looked at, the same thing. He went underneath the house but this time I got the mother to tell me why. The kid was looking for mold and I got the tale of woe about a moldy rental.

They called back, wanted to rent the first house that they looked at, but this time the father wanted to go under the house to make sure. I told them to save themselves a trip.

I've been a landlord for a long time and this is the first time an applicant wanted to inspect the crawl space before deciding on the house,

Applicant Oddness (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 9:21 AM

I understand thorough but that takes a new level. Mildew can be anywhere, in the outside and inside. Has to be more. They sound like a PITA. Did you get to any checks yet?

Applicant Oddness (by Jim [CA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 9:46 AM

Pass. They would be under the house monthly looking for anything.

Applicant Oddness (by ken [NY]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 9:52 AM

They would be a PITA I would pass --74.77.xx.xx

Applicant Oddness (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 10:04 AM

Good call nipping that in the bud by telling them thanks but no thanks. I’ve had multiple people ask if they could go into the attic, which I reply “no, there’s no need for that” but never the crawl space.

Applicant Oddness (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 10:09 AM

Wow... That's a first. I don't think I would have let them the 1st but how interesting! Pass for sure. They mostly are creating their current mold issues in their current rental home

Applicant Oddness (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 10:34 AM

But more importantly how was the furnace in the 1st place?

I would have bounced them as well when they started throwing the mold drama around.

I too have had people ask about attic access, but that was because they wanted to use it for storage. I just tell them it is not set up for that so if they need the extra space they can rent a storage unit or look for a bigger place.

When I sold the house we had for the kids while in college the buyer said he saw mildew in the crawlspace and wanted it remediated.

I crawled down there and sprayed it all with concrobium. He was happy. It was just the same stuff you see in nearly all houses in this area, but he was happy and bought the place. --107.147.xx.xx

Applicant Oddness (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 10:39 AM

As a former home inspector. I’d estimate that 70% of the crawlspaces had some amount of mold…usually minor. I always had to mention it in my report, but only if it was severe did I give it the “major concern” title…which was maybe 2% of the houses I inspected. Too many people think any mold at all, even if not inside the living space…means they are going to die from it.

I bet if you went to the applicant’s house now you could find mold they are already living with…they just don’t know it. It will be in the p-traps, the shower drain under the grating, behind the fridge door gasket if you peel it back, under the bath sink that leaked once, and so on.

Good thing you caught this early.

Applicant Oddness (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 10:56 AM

I have rental properties in North-ridge California, heart of the 1992 North-ridge Earthquake Zone. After a zillion questions, I finally provide them with my permits of completed Earthquake retrofitting work. Lag bolts every 2 feet, sheer wall, etc. Finally I told them they should look at other apartments in other areas of Los Angeles.

They ended up showing up at 2 of my other units. Different phone numbers, email address and person answering the phone.

At No-Ho, they wanted to know the crime statistics. In Woodland Hills they wanted me to lower the price. Some people can never be pleased.

They ended up rented my Sherman Way building near to the Bus line, with plenty of drugs, hookers and car jacking

Applicant Oddness (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 11:10 AM

[[[[[.....Good thing you caught this early.....]]]]]

This is why I do showings in person. I do some pre-qualifying on the phone before I meet anyone and this family sounded really promising. There was nothing said about health or mold until we got quite far into chatting. Usually "moving for mold" is nearly the first thing out of their mouths,.

Its after chatting, being social, that they will let their guard down and tell you things that they really shouldn't. Or their will show some flickers of what their real personality is like.

I get to see how they control their children. I get to smell cigarette smoke on those who claim to be non-smokers. Eventually, they let on about their relationship with their current landlord.

I have all sort of things in my written criteria that I can use to disqualify people who seem a bit off during our visit.

Applicant Oddness (by jonny [NY]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 11:21 AM

I'm with you on that Woodsmoke... I just can't bring myself to allow someone to show my property without me being there (aka lockbox showing or whatever). Nope. Not gonna happen.

I also want to SPEAK with them on the phone (call me old school all you want but I want to hear them and their background noises while we are on the phone). Things such as "any pets"? And if the answer is no yet there is clearly a dog in the background...

"Beeping" as in smoke detector beeps, while we are on the phone. HUGE pet peeve of mine. Really people? You can't replace the battery or call the owner/landlord/whatever to advise that the detector needs to be changed (for those that are sealed or past their life use)? No thanks.... it's not that I would deny them for this but I already know that they aren't going to care for my property at that point.

Then, while I'm at the property I want to see what they pull up with, who they pull up with, how they "smell" (to your point... cigarettes for someone that doesn't smoke?), pet hair on their clothing, how they act and respond to my discussions. What they look at (and if they are looking at ANYTHING). I get some that barely walk into a room and just say "ok, I like it... what's the next step"... when I hand them my application and tell them what the next steps are I never receive that back (and no, it doesn't need to be completed "right there" or personally handed back to me). It's all about the background checks and I know that's why they don't want to go any further.

Applicant Oddness (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 2:03 PM


I do that when viewing a house for sale.

It's been a loooooooong time since I was a tenant, but as a fiscally responsible person, I would like to know what - if any - insulation there is. As it would affect my utility bills. It would also be reassuring if I knew it had new PEX vs 60 year old galvanized.

I'm kind of starting to see it from another perspective. Don't shoot me! It's just having an open mind to "consider" something different.

"Sometimes" it IS true that "the landlord doesn't fix anything". You know who they are. That "could" actually be the truth when they answer the question, "why are you moving?".

Now, if the first thing spoken is a long list of current landlord problems - that is bad.

If someone is really just trying to move up their standard of living to a well-cared-for home, perhaps they would be good tenants.

I think the key that will tell you the real truth is the in-home visit. If it is truly a slumlord house, you can probably tell before even entering. If it is housekeeping problem, you will see that after entering.

This "open-mind" idea is not specifically for these folk only, but any prospects who ask those types of questions.

I'm thinking it might not be such a bad idea to show them a photo of the insulation in the attic?

You have a furnace in your crawlspace?! Why? Is that typical there? How high is the space - it must be a lot more space than the ones I've been in, for sure!I have to literally crawl to get around under there. Sometimes (often) snake/army crawl. NO WAY a furnace goes there. Maybe you have a short basement & we just use the same term "crawl space". Just curious. We all have regional differences & perspectives. I enjoy learning about them.

Applicant Oddness (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 2:47 PM

My last flip -

A buyer wanted me to encapsulate the entire crawl space

or be credited toward them contracting it.

Nice try. Next !

Applicant Oddness (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 3:18 PM

We don't allow tenant access to basements/attics. They have their own breaker box so no need. And no need to store junk which will become hoarder city.

Anyone who mentions "black mold" on my prequal is a PASS!

Applicant Oddness (by ken [NY]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 3:40 PM

DJ- I dont think i would want a tenant who is used to living in a house owned by a slumlord, i would be concerned they would just expect everything to be a fight --74.77.xx.xx

Applicant Oddness (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 8:21 PM

I have been known to embrace the craziness, but at some point - like the second request for inspection, the answer would be NO. However I am looking for someone who is willing to work on my units and since you are not afraid to craw under the house where the skunks sometimes visit - would you mind, working for me?

Applicant Oddness (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 9:32 PM

I live in NC. There are crawlspaces. Everyone of them has mold.

Applicant Oddness (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 9:54 PM

Pass. Pitas

Applicant Oddness (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2024 10:07 PM

Nope. Next

Applicant Oddness (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2024 7:43 AM

Where is your sense of adventure?

Applicant Oddness (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2024 8:14 AM

Bonanza, in IN most of the attics have a little as well.

My realtors switched from mold to mildew and now just call it discoloration to keep the people from going crazy. --107.147.xx.xx

Applicant Oddness (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2024 10:41 AM

In world where ESAs need an ESA - embrace the craziness. Only thing that we are missing is a stroller for the two dogs. So perhaps it is emotional support mildew that they are seeking out?

Applicant Oddness (by Salernitana [CA]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2024 12:24 PM

You were smart to pass on those hyper-mold-sensitive-prospective tenants. They waved such loud red flags to eliminate themselves. Thanks for sharing the odd experience and best of luck on your next tenants.

Applicant Oddness (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2024 1:57 PM

they revealed their oddness up front...bullet dodged --75.80.xx.xx

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