I have received the majority of my lease renewal notifications back from current residents so those NON-responses are leaving so I have activated those listings on my website and started my AGGRESSIVE marketing on Craigslist.
A local family that requires a larger rental home in a specific school district contacted me to arrange a viewing. Since the property is currently occupied, I communicated that I needed my 1-page rental application completed for all adult applicants and either SCANNED and EMAILED or FAXED back to me.....INSTEAD * they delivered their application forms to my office with their application fee check.
SORRY * Not my process....MY WAY allows me to VIEW their applications online to PREscreen them - having forms slipped under the door at my office DELAYS the process and I NEVER ASKED them for money.
FORTUNATELY * they(she) kept a copy of their applications and scanned and e-mailed them to me. When I opened them, I found that they had declared bankruptcy.
THIS might have been something that they mentioned in our earlier e-mail communications * like having 2 dogs or 3 cats; or asking for my minimum credit score threshold.....NOT MENTIONING that they had declared bankruptcy and NOT FOLLOWING my instructions has caused them to do A LOT of UNnecessary work which is unfortunate.....
I am sure they are nice people and they have a written reference from their current property manager indicating that they have been good residents * HOWEVER, all things considered, it is MY JOB to secure the BEST residents for my owners' property....and my screening process allows me to do this.