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ALWAYS Check! (by WMH [NC]) Feb 17, 2019 6:45 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by AllyM [NJ]) Feb 17, 2019 6:58 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by plenty [MO]) Feb 17, 2019 6:59 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 17, 2019 7:42 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by David [MI]) Feb 17, 2019 8:16 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by RB [MI]) Feb 17, 2019 8:22 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by Hoosier [IN]) Feb 17, 2019 8:40 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by Skunk [KY]) Feb 17, 2019 9:08 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Feb 17, 2019 10:04 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by JB [OR]) Feb 17, 2019 10:27 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 17, 2019 12:36 PM
       ALWAYS Check! (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Feb 17, 2019 10:30 PM
       ALWAYS Check! (by David [MI]) Feb 18, 2019 5:46 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by plenty [MO]) Feb 18, 2019 6:46 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by Wilma [PA]) Feb 18, 2019 10:08 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by plenty [MO]) Feb 18, 2019 10:16 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by J [FL]) Feb 18, 2019 10:37 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by GKARL [PA]) Feb 18, 2019 11:10 AM
       ALWAYS Check! (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 22, 2019 5:59 PM

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ALWAYS Check! (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 6:45 AM
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NICE middle-aged couple (40's) yesterday. Moved here to take a management position at a local hotel. Living in hotel until they can find permanent housing (this is NOT unusual, btw.)

Filled out my online application and answered all the questions corrently: no criminal, no evictions, make 5x the rent. Have one cute little neutered beagle. Perfect house for them.

BUT when I had them run their credit / criminal / eviction history, I found just a TON of bad debt on him: $$$$$$$$ in charge-offs from multiple credit card agencies. Not old either: 2016. Worse, on hers I found 2 evictions from an address never mentioned on the application to the tune of over $9k. NYC so she probably paid just enough to stave of first filing, but by second filing she owed a ton more. 2016 and 2017!

The worst part: had I been going on just my gut instinct, I would have rented to these people in a heartbeat. VERY nice, very mature, loved the little house, she was planning layouts as we spoke, I could tell.

ALWAYS DO BACKGROUND CHECKS. --50.82.xxx.xx




ALWAYS Check! (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 6:58 AM
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Great little actress eh. I had one of those. It was a cheap apartment so they could afford it but she was a b word from the gitgo. --73.248.xxx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 6:59 AM
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Excellent reminder. Suppose they will be staying where they are for a while. --99.203.xx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 7:42 AM
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I agree, always check. When I was younger and had many partnership properties, we would all guess which of the applicants would pass the mustard test (credit/eviction reports). Sure enough the people that came off the best and had excellent communication skills would have the worst credit history. The applicants that had no personality, didn't talk much had perfect credentials. Why? Here in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, this was the heart of the aerospace community. The engineers were brilliant, hard workers and little social skills. --47.156.xx.xx




ALWAYS Check! (by David [MI]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 8:16 AM
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I no longer bother looking at the application other than the YES/NO check boxes, until I get their credit report and I look at that first. No point in processing the hand scrawled application when their credit is poor --50.4.xxx.x




ALWAYS Check! (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 8:22 AM
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Bingo !

Screen x3. (Effort) --184.53.x.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 8:40 AM
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Yes, first impressions can be misleading....I've had a few that "seemed" good, but then upon checking the FACTS I find issues. Good catch. --99.92.xxx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by Skunk [KY]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 9:08 AM
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Amen. This site's $24.95 package has been a house saver.

We pass cost to applicants during the application process. One per adult living in the property, no exceptions.

Sometimes just mentioning that we DO credit/eviction/background checks makes interesting things pop out during an open house. "Uhhh, I guess I should now tell you about the two evictions that happened last year" says the guy who thought he could talk his way into another place. Next!!! --96.28.xxx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 10:04 AM
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Con men are extremely charming. If they couldn't fool people they couldn't do their job.

I never trust my gut to say yes. Always verify.

I do trust my gut to say no, and when my gut says no, I dig until I find the legal reason to reject. Sometimes it is well hidden, but it is there to be found with careful research. --98.146.xxx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 10:27 AM
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The first few years in this business I was tempted not to do the screening on some tenants when I thought I knew they were okay. Like Woodsmoke eluded to, the best con artists are the smoothest people you'll ever meet. If you ever watch American Greed you'll be amazed at what people can sell others on.

Many years ago, we found a perfect gentleman who was quiet and thought would be a perfect fit. While screening we realized he had just been released from prison for a violent crime.

--24.20.xxx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 12:36 PM
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Thank you for sharing your experience.

Great catch!

Just shows you never know what is hidden in the closet. --73.120.xx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Feb 17, 2019 10:30 PM
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W,

Dontcha just hate it when we think we’ve found a good one then RATS!

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by David [MI]) Posted on: Feb 18, 2019 5:46 AM
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I have found that upping my phone screening and tightening up my credit requirements, I no longer find myself disappointed when reviewing an application. At this point, when I get an application and credit report, it's over 90% approval rate --199.247.xx.xx




ALWAYS Check! (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 18, 2019 6:46 AM
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I had one slick con man... actually the whole fanily played the game. All communication was spot on and proper. No red flag. Once on paper things started to change. And quickly. Interesting enough his name is Joe Cool. With a name like that it would be sooo easy to ve in sales and make a living. Instead the game of deceit was this strength. Wheez many lanlords looking for him. Lots of money owed. And seriously up until the papers were check it looked soo good. Wife was a nurse

Go figure. She had good income. So why the game? The teen daughter was also going along with dad. Wonder who rented to them and how it worked out. Sad. Always check. --99.203.xx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Feb 18, 2019 10:08 AM
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What amazes me is that people like that will consent to the credit and background check, and even pay for it. Good catch! --71.175.xxx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 18, 2019 10:16 AM
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Yep they paid for two applications and two credit reports. Were very agreeable and all their reasons seemed logical. They have evictions from 2017 and 2019. Mulit traffic tickets. Income tax delinquent. The list was long. All areas of financial life burned with a trail of flames! --99.203.xx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by J [FL]) Posted on: Feb 18, 2019 10:37 AM
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"Don't trust nobody gotta look over your shoulder constantly" -- Cypress Hill --72.188.xxx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Feb 18, 2019 11:10 AM
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This business has turned me into a skeptic. That's good and bad I suppose. But no, you can never base anything on feelings. The scammers are relying on you not to check. --64.121.xxx.xxx




ALWAYS Check! (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 22, 2019 5:59 PM
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And the Oscar for best Actress in a supporting role goes out too......All the professional tenants out there. --72.23.xxx.xx



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