Posted by John on May 12, 2000 at 16:34:18:
In Reply to: Rental Application questions posted by Jeff on May 11, 2000 at 16:09:22:
IMHO Don't fill out the application or just leave blank spaces.
Landlords don't need that much information... If you come across a potential landlord that has requested this much information. Fill out the application, give it to them with blank spaces, and wait for their response. If they insist on the form being fully completed then, kindly ask why is all this information so important?
In my experience, landlords that request this much information for a simple rental agreement has either been burned in the past (someone skip on them) or money hungery. The landlords that have been burned may take out their fustrations out on you for what the past tenant did and harrass you for every penny due to them, and the money hungery landlord will charge you for every little thing and avoid making repairs. So either way you lose.
Always inspect the condition of the building as well as the apartment.
Note: these types of landlords always forget to give you a copy of your lease.
: Hello all - great idea for a site - my first hit. Can anyone tell me - what kind of information am I required to supply a landlord on a rental application? A potential landlord - of a place that I really want - asks (on a generic form) for (1) my social security number, and (2) all financial accounts, account numbers, and balances. I really don't want to give out that information - for obvious reasons. I understand that he has to do credit checks, etc. - but is there another way? Plus - I have my parents as co-signers....so what else could he possibly need? Can he legally reject me for not producing this information? Please advise. Thank you.
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