Desperate 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.