Re: Possible Tenant Concerns - Posted by Bert G
Posted by Bert G on May 08, 2000 at 11:13:04:
First the disclaimer. I’m not a lawyer, I don’t play one on TV, and its possible I may be full of carp. (thats with a C, not a K) My only credintial is two decades as a landlord.
Until they buy the house, they’re tenants and subject to your locality’s landlord-tenant rules
Is it the multitude of brats that has you concerned? While one must be cautious to not violate any fair housing rules, it is generally accepted that you can set reasonable occupancy limits. Unfortunately, those limits have not been well defined accross the board. The National Apartment Assn has been lobying for some time to get the rules nailed down in writing, but until that happens most folks in the know say you should be safe limiting occupancy to two people for each bedroom. So, couple with 4 kids is 6 people, they should fit in a 3-bedroom house.
RE: Nervous breakdown and rehab. Maybe her term for hospitalization. WARNING! Possible discrimination opening. Don’t bring it up, don’t consider it in any way in making your decision.
There are a lot of legal ways to deny an application. You can even do it just because the applicant made you feel creepy. But you MUST make yourself aware of the fair housing and discrimiation rules and do not violate any of them. Of course you wouldn’t do the obvious race, family status, etc, but some are quite subtle. (It has actually been ruled discriminatory if you say your house is a block from a church, even if the church is the biggest landmark)
Changing the option money. Once you name a figure you’re pretty much stuck. If you do change the figure, you better have a darn good legitimate reason for doing so. (Your credit is so bad ordinarily we’d decline you, but we might be persuaded if you were to offer us a larger option deposit)
Far as I know, you cannot refuse to accept an application. If they want to blow $25 bucks, that’s their right. Look at it this way, until they apply, what information do you have upn which to base a fair decision?
Pop by the local library and peruse “Landlording”, by Leigh Robinson. It is probably the easiest and best quick reference for doing the landlord thing.