Don't Fib On Your Rental Application

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

LiarDesperate times call for desperate measures?   For any Realtor® who handles rental properties part of the process is verifying employment.  Why is that potential tenants think they can make up an employer and it's not going to get noticed?

On a recent rental application we called the contact listed as the current employer.  The employer turned out to be a high school friend who asked him to vouch for the applicant.  Fortunately when I pressed the "employer" for copies of pay stubs or W-2's he quickly fessed up and told me what was going on.

Certainly in times when owners are losing their homes due to short sales or foreclosures clouds on credit reports may be expected.  Some owners may feel comfortable renting their homes to someone with less than sterling credit. It isn't an automatic rejection.  However when an agent has their client create an employer that doesn't exist it calls into question every other detail of their application.

This isn't the market to try and play games.  Even a rental application clearly states "If any information is found to be false or misleading, the Application may be summarily rejected."  Granted you aren't going to jail for lying on a rental application but could lead you in to some hot water if you aren't careful.

Looks like this applicant just wasted a $50 rental processing fee.  

 

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Rob Thomas
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Cindy ...It's always the best policy to just be honest!

Great post and I hope you have a great week!

Nov 25, 2014 06:16 AM #1
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Whenever a skeleton falls out of the closet, it's usually a dead deal.  Be honest and express any hardships in a letter.  Lying is never a way to go.

Nov 25, 2014 08:32 AM #2
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Michael Dagner
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Cindy, perhaps the only hope for those who'd even try, is a landlord who's simply careless.  I've known a few.  I like Chris' comment above.  Some landlords appreciate hard times and are willing to work with the tenant who's had some hardship and who's honest.

Nov 25, 2014 12:59 PM #3
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Patricia Kennedy
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Cindy, liar, liar!  Pants on fire!  In this day and age, when checking people out is much easier than it used to be, that is just stupid.

Nov 25, 2014 01:02 PM #4
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Cindy Jones
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Rob-Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Chris Ann-I've worked with a number of tenants with a few credit difficulties but when you flat out lie-your outta here.

Michael-honesty will at least get you consideration.

Pat-yep this guy's pants were hot hot hot.

Nov 25, 2014 09:11 PM #5
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Happy Thanksgiving, No fibbing

Nov 26, 2014 10:49 PM #6
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Jane Peters
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This comes from desperation, but they are going to get found out and it will make things worse.

Nov 27, 2014 08:03 AM #7
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Cindy Jones
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Thanks Ed.  Hope you had a great day.

Nov 28, 2014 02:36 AM #8
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Cindy Jones
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Jane-obviously I caught hime this time and hopefully he figured out not to try it again with someone else.

Nov 28, 2014 02:36 AM #9
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Cindy Jones amazing in today's times a potential tenant would even THINK they could give incorrect information and not get caught.  Not really a way to secure a property!  

Nov 28, 2014 09:47 PM #10
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Cindy Jones in general fibbers end up losing, so I suggest "don't do it... & when it comes to rental applications, landlords need to check out everything before renting

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