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Helping Friend (by GKARL [PA]) Feb 7, 2019 4:54 PM
       Helping Friend (by WMH [NC]) Feb 7, 2019 4:59 PM
       Helping Friend (by Doris [OH]) Feb 7, 2019 5:13 PM
       Helping Friend (by Barb [MO]) Feb 7, 2019 5:15 PM
       Helping Friend (by Barb [MO]) Feb 7, 2019 5:16 PM
       Helping Friend (by Ken [NY]) Feb 7, 2019 5:24 PM
       Helping Friend (by Vee [OH]) Feb 7, 2019 6:03 PM
       Helping Friend (by razorback_tim [AR]) Feb 7, 2019 6:08 PM
       Helping Friend (by DJ [VA]) Feb 7, 2019 7:53 PM
       Helping Friend (by small potatoes [NY]) Feb 7, 2019 8:32 PM
       Helping Friend (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 7, 2019 9:12 PM
       Helping Friend (by LindaJ [NY]) Feb 8, 2019 4:45 AM
       Helping Friend (by Wilma [PA]) Feb 8, 2019 11:52 AM
       Helping Friend (by Sisco [MO]) Feb 8, 2019 1:06 PM

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Helping Friend (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 4:54 PM
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Do you hate people contacting you for a friend when you have a vacancy? I do and refuse to talk with them and insist that the friend get ahold of me directly. I can't imagine someone front running an apartment search for me. I can see someone sending a link or a phone number, but I handle my own business. I'm figuring these are always poor prospects. What's your position on this? --208.54.xx.xxx




Helping Friend (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 4:59 PM
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I just direct the friends to tell THEIR friends to fill out my pre-screen questions on the website. I get a feeling of relief from most of them! They are off the hook. --50.82.xxx.xx




Helping Friend (by Doris [OH]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 5:13 PM
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I handle the same way you do. Had an interesting appointment this week when a young woman showed up with her parents. Turned out that I had spoken to Mom on phone who answered screening questions as if she was the one renting apartment but providing daughter’s information. Daughter has always lived with parents, is apparently now looking for first apartment, but mom did almost all the talking including asking for an application. Daughter’s only comment was an objection that she would have to pay for credit check as she felt we should cover that. Thank goodness I have not heard from them again! --74.140.xxx.xxx




Helping Friend (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 5:15 PM
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I won't speak to friends, but I will speak to parents of my 19 - 20 year old student applicants. It helps a lot for me to have mom/dad on my side.

I often have a parent calling to ask about policies, costs, etc. Many of the students just don't know what to ask/say. In one situation, I had an email from a student, then a call from the father, then showed the student, now I just got off the phone with Dad. Final is that Dad is dropping a check into the mail for me as a holding fee.

If the student doesn't answer email/text for a couple of days, I double check with the parent they are still here.

When renewal time comes, if Mom/Dad have been actively involved, I copy them when I send my "are you staying" email. Particularly when mom/dad are the ones paying the rent.

Mom often seems to schedule walk-throughs. OK. Mom wants to see where Johnny is going to live I'm OK with that. Mom is likely helping pay. Not unusual for Mom to ZellePay me the rent as well. I'm OK with that as well! --64.251.xxx.xxx




Helping Friend (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 5:16 PM
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I won't speak to friends, but I will speak to parents of my 19 - 20 year old student applicants. It helps a lot for me to have mom/dad on my side.

I often have a parent calling to ask about policies, costs, etc. Many of the students just don't know what to ask/say. In one situation, I had an email from a student, then a call from the father, then showed the student, now I just got off the phone with Dad. Final is that Dad is dropping a check into the mail for me as a holding fee.

If the student doesn't answer email/text for a couple of days, I double check with the parent they are still here.

When renewal time comes, if Mom/Dad have been actively involved, I copy them when I send my "are you staying" email. Particularly when mom/dad are the ones paying the rent.

Mom often seems to schedule walk-throughs. OK. Mom wants to see where Johnny is going to live I'm OK with that. Mom is likely helping pay. Not unusual for Mom to ZellePay me the rent as well. I'm OK with that as well! --64.251.xxx.xxx




Helping Friend (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 5:24 PM
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I agree with you,it always seems like the parent who is calling just wants to get rid of the kid more than the kid wants there own apartment --72.231.xxx.xxx




Helping Friend (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 6:03 PM
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I am still answering the phone so when they say kids or cousin, I tell them to call back and ask for Mr. Vee and he will help your cousin, he tries to get some difficult situations solved. The depth of my help goes on a 1 by 1 basis.

--76.188.xxx.x




Helping Friend (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 6:08 PM
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I hate this as well, but...

I did this for a couple of friends when we were right out of grad school. There were three of us that wound up moving to the same city 6 hours away from where we went to school. I was there first, and when the other two were in the process of moving, I called and set up appointments for the weekends they were going to be there looking for apartments. One big difference - that was over 20 years ago and all advertising was still in the local newspapers. The only way to really find a place was to have boots on the ground. --70.178.x.xx




Helping Friend (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 7:53 PM
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I get them every once in a while for the rooming house. Just had one in the last week. The sister contacted me first, then the brother actually did follow up & called me himself. He said his sister may call me back for more info because she helps him with details & stuff. Eh, maybe....some people do need help / advocate. Seldom works well in my experience so far. Definitely makes sense with students, like Barb describes. --68.10.xxx.x




Helping Friend (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 8:32 PM
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when I took phone calls in the not so recent past, I was amazed at how many people are calling for someone else. Except for someone who needs translating help, it's like come on really jonny can't make the call himself? Sometimes you don't find out the real story till the friend shows up to see the apt and then they let the cat out of the bag. --100.2.xx.xxx




Helping Friend (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2019 9:12 PM
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A good friend asked me to rent an apartment to a friend of there's who's down on his luck. I said not a problem. You will pay his rent to me every month and be responsible for damages, late fee's and any issues like additional occupants at 10% extra per person.

After that, the issues was never brought up again. I do not take chances any more, just calculated risks... --47.156.xx.xx




Helping Friend (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 4:45 AM
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Depends. I can see parents helping their kids get their first apartments. They don't know what to ask, they don't know what to look for. It is like buying your first house. You bring other people along who are more experienced in it.

I also understand if you have to call during the business hours. I will make calls for my daughter during the day since it is difficult for her during work and she works long days. I gather all the information and give it to her to decide. I made a spread sheet of fuel costs and fees for each local company for her to decide which she wanted. Now I don't usually call and say I am calling for my daughter, I just gather the information. In the case of the fuel, I actually made the contract because I put a couple of locations on the same contract to get the volume discount.

Lots of people are not good talking on the phone. They text, they don't have to use their voice. Some people do need others to watch out for them. Having that family member involved is a safety net for a LL and the tenant. So I don't always say to no to someone calling for someone else. But I look carefully at the circumstances.

--108.4.xxx.xx




Helping Friend (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 11:52 AM
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I have one sfh which was the first house that we live in. I got a call one day from a newly divorced woman with two kids, wanted them to stay in the same school. She was passing the screening very well, so I told her the name of the neighborhood when she asked. She paused, then said, "Oh. We lived there until about 5 years ago." I then realized from her first name and the fact that her voice was familiar that she was my former next-door neighbor from when we lived in the now-rental.

I only had her first name, so I asked, "Is this so and so?" Then I gave my last name. She stopped dead, then said, "Oh, it's not for me, it's for my brother." Right. After all that you just said. Then she said that she'd talk to him and let him call. Uh-huh.

Actually, I think that she was just thoroughly embarrassed (he was an alcoholic who wouldn't get treatment, so she finally got out). I was kind of relieved - she didn't have good control over her kids when they were little, so I could just imagine them as teens. --71.175.xxx.xx




Helping Friend (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2019 1:06 PM
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All calls go to voicemail, I reply via text or email. People who use voice feature of phone are nearly all deadbeats. --72.172.xxx.xx



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