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Crazy prospects (by Barb [MO]) Mar 13, 2018 1:28 PM
       Crazy prospects (by WMH [NC]) Mar 13, 2018 1:38 PM
       Crazy prospects (by plenty [MO]) Mar 13, 2018 2:03 PM
       Crazy prospects (by Gail K [GA]) Mar 13, 2018 2:04 PM
       Crazy prospects (by Barb [MO]) Mar 13, 2018 5:17 PM
       Crazy prospects (by RentsDue [MA]) Mar 14, 2018 4:19 AM
       Crazy prospects (by Tom [FL]) Mar 14, 2018 12:04 PM
       Crazy prospects (by Barb [MO]) Mar 14, 2018 1:15 PM
       Crazy prospects (by RentsDue [MA]) Mar 16, 2018 4:42 AM

Crazy prospects (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 1:28 PM

Sometimes tenants say the strangest things.

I answered the phone, which I don't often do. Nice young woman, but strange. I have "pets considered" in my online advertising. She has a lab mix. Ok.

Then, she needs a garage. Don't have any, good luck.

Well, maybe the garage isn't needed. I ask about her needs and desires.

She isn't clear. I describe what I have. It sounds great! I have my own washer and dryer, as well as refrigerator.

Well, these places (450 Sq ft for 415 and 495) don't have washer/dryer hookups, and already have refrigerators. I'm not moving mine.

That won't work. Well, maybe I can sell mine. But washer/dryer is really important to me.

Again, these don't have hookups. They were built in the 1940s, and no hookups were installed at that time.

Don't you have anything else?

We don't, these are all we have remaining that accept pets.

Then I explain my Scooter test.

Her dog will fail. He doesn't like other dogs.

My Scooter test is a hard rule, no way around it. If you dog cannot handle allowing my dog to enter your home, and be non-aggressive toward my dog, you don't rent from me. Period. No way around it.

But I have a really nice dog.

You just said he was aggressive toward other dogs. Sorry, that doesn't work. My dog is always with me, ergo your dog can't live in one of my homes.

Something tells me she would have been a PITA.

Crazy prospects (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 1:38 PM

Interesting about the Scooter test! I don't have a dog anymore but my cat is more of a dog cat and follows DH around our property and loves to "work" with him when he does stuff around here. I should have him take the cat to see prospective tenants' animals!

Crazy prospects (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 2:03 PM

She would say she is flexible.

.not crazy!

Crazy prospects (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 2:04 PM

I don't know if your ads say "no washer/dryer hookups" but it's been my experience that probably 75 percent of folks who call don't read the ads anyway.

Gail --71.203.xx.xx

Crazy prospects (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Mar 13, 2018 5:17 PM

I've explained my Scooter test on here before.

Scooter is my trained Service dog. He goes everywhere with me. He even went to the MrLL boot camp last July! He snoozed under the table all day.

One of these days I'll write a piece for the newsletter about a real service dog.

Being a PWD (person with a disability) who is always accompanied by a SD, I can't allow any dog that might put my SD in danger.

Crazy prospects (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Mar 14, 2018 4:19 AM

I'm curious about the Scooter test. My dog loves other dogs.The dogs she knows are welcome at her castle anytime. Dogs she has never met before are all friends OUTSIDE of her domain. When a dog or human she has never met before enters her home she sounds the alarm. She is never aggressive , but lets the whole house know that there is an intruder on the premises. I think that is a normal reaction. I did have a dog that did not react ...... not normal. I added the one that does react . That is her job. I know you don't expect a dog to have no reaction to you and your dog entering their home. What behavior disqualifies?

Crazy prospects (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Mar 14, 2018 12:04 PM

WOW Barb of MO, She has a remedy for every red flag you posed to her.

HOWEVER that being said MAYBE GKARL of PA, NE of PA AND now Barb of MO are all Scammers. AND should ASKED zero questions and have PEN and KEYS ready to sign lease and hand over keys to the first prospective tenant as they walk through the door. OR maybe the prospective tenant walked into TOO many doors over a period of time.

Hello Prospective TENANT; You have been selected as the new tenant for 123 Main Street PLEASE hurry quickly to the unit I will meet you there to sign the lease AND take your Security Deposit, first months rent and last months rent

Don't you just LOVE it...

Makes life interesting.

Pre qualifications is an EXCELLENT TOOL!!! And C.L.U.E.L.E.S.S. in MO did not realize how her answers disqualified her. NEXT!!!

NEXT tenant..


Crazy prospects (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Mar 14, 2018 1:15 PM


Non-reactive is very different than non-aggressive.

I'm fine with a dog that comes up, wants to sniff butts, even announces to the family that "Hey! Someone is here! Someone like ME is here!"

I'm NOT fine with a dog that sees mine and bares his teeth, starts to growl, has the slow tail back and forth that says "I'm uncomfortable with this situation". If the dog is uncomfortable, it may easily become aggressive. A dog that cannot be walked down the street without wanting to attack any dog walking past is not OK.

Curious is fine. Aggressive is not.

Any dog can suddenly turn, but a dog that starts off as aggressive is a problem.

Once I explain my Scooter Test and why it is important, most people are actually honest. We are one of only a couple of real SDs in town, and fairly visable, so we sometimes get the "Oh, I think I've seen you and your dog (on campus, at Kroger, at Walmart, etc)." That is usually followed up by "I can't believe how well behaved your dog is."

I agree in some ways with the non-reactive at all is not normal. We try to train for non-reactive with SDs, but you really can't expect a dog to not notice the world around him. Scooter notices cats, squirrels, other dogs, and young women. Why the young women, in particular? When he was a puppy, I was laid up for a couple of months with ankle surgery. All the young women next door to me took turns taking him for walks and playing with him. He now believes that ALL young women are there to see him. It has taken A LOT to train that out. For the others, he turns his head at times and definitely wants to watch, but doesn't pull toward them if his vest is on.

Crazy prospects (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Mar 16, 2018 4:42 AM

Thanks for clarifying. You have got a very good test in place there. If I ever decide to allow dogs I will incorporate that. While mine is no SD, she has been trained and would like the job of screening dog applicants ( she's one of those dogs that needs a job). Unfortunately, I have one that can't pass Canine Good Citizen because of fear of the vacuum. The other one could pass all but one test .... couldn't walk past unattended food.

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