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Old 02-16-2016, 07:31 PM   #21
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This could be ruled as a discriminatory question. I ask "How many occupants". It doesn't matter how they are related, or how many are kids/adults.

Only 18+ need to fill the application out.

There are some municipalities that don't allow for more than 3 unrelated persons to live in the same housing unit. Think small college town restricting groups or fraternities. There are also still some that are antiquated related to only females as to reduce the likelihood of brothels.

I have seen some of those rules strictly enforced. So asking relation can be required to meet local law.
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:13 PM   #22
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This could be ruled as a discriminatory question. I ask "How many occupants". It doesn't matter how they are related, or how many are kids/adults.

Only 18+ need to fill the application out.
"Who would be living there?" is a valid question I believe.

I do actually get plenty of parents calling to inquire about rentals for their children so finding out if the person calling is doing so for themselves or someone else seems appropriate.
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:33 PM   #23
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"Who would be living there?" is a valid question I believe.

I do actually get plenty of parents calling to inquire about rentals for their children so finding out if the person calling is doing so for themselves or someone else seems appropriate.
That should be OK. If you ask anything about how many kids, it is not OK. Or anything that implies you are looking for how many kids. Or asking about marital status, or how they are related, I believe is not OK.
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Old 02-16-2016, 11:03 PM   #24
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I use a company mccgrp.com. They do credit, criminal, previous address owner checks (like past LL, but they call the actual owner of the property, not the names on the application), employment checks, etc. $39.

Never rely on a national criminal background check, do a county check.

I do not need to see or meet my applicants to approve or decline them. Using the background check I can do it without any bias. I routinely approve tenants sight unseen, and have never had an issue.

Credit score is the greatest indicator of tenant performance and behavior that there is.
How many evictions have you had? I'm wondering if by saying "never had an issue" that means zero evictions. If so, your ahead of me. I have been a landlord for 24 years and have had one eviction. And the oddest part: I have never ran a credit check or any other check. I know what you all will say, and I wouldn't teach my method to others, but I interview them in person and make my decisions. I currently have tenants that have been with me 14, 12, 11, 8, and just starting 3 years. The only eviction was a friend of a tenant.
I love landlording. I bicycle up, get handed $ (today was 2350, for example) and go home thinking it sure beats working.
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Old 02-17-2016, 02:50 PM   #25
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How many evictions have you had? I'm wondering if by saying "never had an issue" that means zero evictions. If so, your ahead of me. I have been a landlord for 24 years and have had one eviction. And the oddest part: I have never ran a credit check or any other check. I know what you all will say, and I wouldn't teach my method to others, but I interview them in person and make my decisions. I currently have tenants that have been with me 14, 12, 11, 8, and just starting 3 years. The only eviction was a friend of a tenant.
I love landlording. I bicycle up, get handed $ (today was 2350, for example) and go home thinking it sure beats working.
Too easy these days to get hit with a discrimination complaint. I'm glad you've had such good luck, but I'm sticking with the credit rating method. It removes any biases I might have from entering into the transaction.
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