Posted by Nate on February 09, 2001 at 10:04:53:
I don’t recall who posted this recently (Frank Chin, maybe? I want to give credit where credit is due…), but I thought it was apt for ANY tenants, not just Section 8.
Have a very long, involved, detailed rental application. Not only for data gathering but also as a “psychological screening”.
There are 3 main types of responses to it.
- Fill it out in excruciating detail, even going home to get things they don’t know.
These will be good tenants - responsible and pay attention to details.
- Turn it in with blanks, missing/incorrect information, etc.
These will be the type that “forget” to pay the rent, or electric bill, or something…
- Complain about the form, ask “why do I have to fill all this out”, etc.
These will be the tenants who are a pain in the a**, always wanting something from you, have a sense of entitlement.
I have never tried this (don’t do any rentals) but logically it makes perfect sense to me…