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Cancelling agreement (by leslie [DC]) Dec 21, 2009 11:11 PM
       Cancelling agreement (by Josh [CA]) Dec 21, 2009 11:46 PM
       Cancelling agreement (by Steve [FL]) Dec 22, 2009 3:08 AM
       Cancelling agreement (by Reid [KS]) Dec 22, 2009 4:25 AM
       Cancelling agreement (by Wallace CPM [VA]) Dec 22, 2009 5:32 AM
       Cancelling agreement (by Wallace CPM [VA]) Dec 22, 2009 5:33 AM
       Cancelling agreement (by DaveS [IL]) Dec 22, 2009 6:42 AM
       Cancelling agreement (by billy [MA]) Dec 22, 2009 7:16 AM
       Cancelling agreement (by Rose [CA]) Dec 22, 2009 7:47 AM
       Cancelling agreement (by Lynda [TX]) Dec 22, 2009 8:00 AM
       Cancelling agreement (by allin [VA]) Dec 22, 2009 12:35 PM

Cancelling agreement (by leslie [DC]) Posted on: Dec 21, 2009 11:11 PM

I advertised my newly renovated apartment on the internet for a reasonable price and unexpectantly received numerous calls. My plan was to rent the apartment at the beginning of the year, around Jan. or Feb. however, it was viewed by two people who wanted the unit right away - which gave me 2 weeks to scramble and complete the repairs from the punch list. They wanted to sign the lease and I met with them to do so 2 days . They signed their part but I did not sign my name. Somehow I was having 2nd thoughts. They asked me to do several things such as remove the dining area chandelier, remove the built-in desk and other things. I wanted carpet to cover the hardwood floors (80%) - I was supplying the carpet. They said they did not want it and had allergies. I found myself adjusting my plans and desires to fit their needs. They wanted me to come to their job to do the lease and also to pick up the application.

According to them, picking up the completed application was my job. Because of the rush to complete the itmes on the punch list, I forget the more important things like getting a permit to rent the unit and to have it final inspected. I want to cancel the agreement. I have no money, nor did I sign an agreement. What is your take.

Cancelling agreement (by Josh [CA]) Posted on: Dec 21, 2009 11:46 PM

What kind of screening did you do? Doesn't sound like you did any? They were rushing you to rent the unit and possibly diverting your attention to not check out their backgrounds?

"They wanted to sign the lease and I met with them to do so 2 days . They signed their part but I did not sign my name. Somehow I was having 2nd thoughts."

and you have not taken any security deposit or funds? Yes you can pull out and cancel the agreement.

I would strongly suggest that next time you do things in proper order. You screen your applicants. The Landlord tells the tenant how to get the applications to them. NOT the tenant. The Landlord tells the tenant where and when the lease signing takes place.

Cancelling agreement (by Steve [FL]) Posted on: Dec 22, 2009 3:08 AM

"What is your take."

You're putting the cart before the horse. The way it works is you are the LL, they are the tenants. Landlords make all decisions about how they want to run their business/property. Any tenant coming in making demands like you've described will likely be a pain; most like this would be shown the way out of my house upon the 1st and definitely the 2nd demand.

This sounds like your 1st rental so take your time and don't be rushed. Make sure you've got everything done properly and a schedule in place you can abide by.

As far as being able to cancel, beyond what Josh mentioned your lease may actually have verbiage regarding acceptance. I once had 2 in a row that I did not accept because I found additional information before handing over keys. In both cases, "they had not yet paid money and I had not yet signed." --98.183.xx.xx

Cancelling agreement (by Reid [KS]) Posted on: Dec 22, 2009 4:25 AM

If no money has changed hands and If they don't have a copy of the lease . It never happened . Tell'em the deal's off without any further explaination.

Cancelling agreement (by Wallace CPM [VA]) Posted on: Dec 22, 2009 5:32 AM

NEVER offer a property for rent that is not RENT ready. Write them that you can agree to their requests and return any monies....both parties need to sign and the fact that they are now making demands means they don't think they have a deal either.

Cancelling agreement (by Wallace CPM [VA]) Posted on: Dec 22, 2009 5:33 AM

Sorry * you CAN NOT agree to their demands

Cancelling agreement (by DaveS [IL]) Posted on: Dec 22, 2009 6:42 AM

There is no contract here...tell them you're sorry but the apt is not ready and wish them well in their ongoing rental search.

You need to start doing this professionally and properly...getting a rental permit and inspection is first on your list. It's your property, the landlord is in charge, the tenant is not.

Cancelling agreement (by billy [MA]) Posted on: Dec 22, 2009 7:16 AM

i have found it best to get apt all ready before trying to rent as suggested by Wallace above.these guys sound too demanding.they want u to go to their place of businesws to get app??strange.never had that request,.did u screen these guys carefully?credit,police or criminal,last 2 landlords,court?do not let prospects push u into things but give them a prompt response-say 2 business days.get set up here for credit or use the realtors credit acct like i get set up here see "credit checks"about 6 inches above my msg.get set up before u need it for credit. --208.58.x.xx

Cancelling agreement (by Rose [CA]) Posted on: Dec 22, 2009 7:47 AM

I would get out of it and do Not put anything in writing to them! I would just tell them that their demands don't fit your agenda. Don't argue with them.

Never ever let a tenant be demanding like this because they will just get worse after they are in your house.

Cancelling agreement (by Lynda [TX]) Posted on: Dec 22, 2009 8:00 AM

Nanette, please follow Aldo's Rules:

1-the LL is always in charge

2-the tenant is never in charge

You must not allow an applicant to sign a lease before you have done a complete credit and criminal check, checked with ALL entries on the application (former LLs, their employer, other listed contacts)

These people are already PITAs--and they have not even moved IN! Do not take them. Tell them you will not accept their demands, the place will be rented as you see fit, they can take it or leave it.

AND tell them before you will accept any monies, you will do a complete credit and criminal check. I bet they will back RIGHT out! And next applicants get the FULL treatment with YOU and the LL, fully in charge! --140.140.xx.x

Cancelling agreement (by allin [VA]) Posted on: Dec 22, 2009 12:35 PM

Now that you have let these people go tell us what kinds of screening you are prepared to do. This will give you some good ideas of what to do BEFORE you get tangled up. For me, I collect rent plus SD in cash at lease signing. I don't turn over keys until all money is paid and the lease is signed. NO cash NO lease No keys. Likewise the house will continue to be advertised the entire time.

For screening I pull credit report and court search for civil and criminal cases. I will know if the applicant has had an eviction in their background. verify employment. Call prior landlord. I also charge non-refundable application fee to cover this. --146.165.xx.xx

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