How can landlords be so picky?

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Advanced

I have some clients that I am working with, trying to get them a house for lease. They just got foreclosed on and given until nov. 1st to move out of their current house. Well it turns out that getting them approved for a residential lease contract is almost as hard as getting them approved on another mortgage for a new home.  We have looked at ten or fifteen different houses now and tried to negotiate leases on a few and we can't get anything to work out. A couple of houses got leased up before we could get our contract in, however the ones we did get on the hook would either not consider them or would want to require a double deposit for them to move in.

Its sad because these people would really be good tenants if someone would give them a chance. The husband keeps a steady job and the wife is in a wheelchair and get a disability check from the government every month so the have one source of guarantee steady income. Also shes not Section 8. The problem with them having to pay a double deposit is that on most of the houses we looked at she won't be able to fit her wheelchair through the bathroom door, so the will have a big expense right off the bat widening the bathroom door. 

I really want to help these people the are good people, I just wish we could get some of these landlords to loosen up a bit.










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Comments (8)

Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Ziggy - The unfortunate reality is that more and more people are becoming renters. With demand being high, landlords can be more scrupulous about who they lease to. 

Oct 21, 2008 04:51 AM
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

I was in the property management business in late 2005-2006. Good credit scores are crucial when making an offer on a well-maintained, competitive property. Owners want to see it stays that way. I believe the horror stories of the condition of many foreclosures further clouds the issue with your prospective tenants. Best of luck to you and them.

Oct 21, 2008 04:55 AM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Same same and we live in the foreclosure capital of the world!  Our rental market is squeezed with all the new incoming population market AND rental homes formerly in service getting foreclosed on.  For people who have been foreclosed on, unfortunately apartments are the best alternative if they want to move quickly.  They are a little more foregiving on credit but will still double the deposits.

Oct 21, 2008 05:15 AM
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY


It is a shame that they are having such a hard time. I am sure with some perseverance you will find something that works for them. I wish you the best of luck!


Oct 21, 2008 05:25 AM
Re/Max Advanced - Sulphur Springs, TX

Hey  thanks for the website

Oct 21, 2008 03:33 PM
Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS)
Kona Home Team (luva llc) - Kailua-Kona, HI
Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!


Check on Craigslist - there are many homeowners out there leasing without an agent,  a lot of them may be in financial trouble and many have a heart - and may be willing to look at the circumstances, and work with you

Good luck

Aloha, and have a great day


Lance Owens (RS)

(808) 936-8383

Aloha Kona Realty Inc.

78-6740 Alii Drive


Oct 23, 2008 09:20 AM
Ziggy Jewell
Re/Max Advanced - Sulphur Springs, TX

Well... I finally got them into a house. We were lucky enough to come across a home that just came up on the market for lease.  The Landlord did require an application for lease however he did not process it so there was no application fee.  The only other thing he required from us was that he come out and personally inspect my client's home. After he was satisfied with that we were able to sign a lease the next day. And he didn't even double the deposit on us!

What a battle that was to earn that paycheck.

Thanks for the advice and support guys!


Nov 10, 2008 02:36 AM
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

yes more and more are losing homes and becoming renters

May 27, 2011 04:18 AM