Poor Tenant

by admin on January 3, 2012

I had a wonderful property for rent on Craigslist and this time it’s just been a terrible experience.

One man emailed me and I called him and discussed the property then asked him a few questions: where he worked, his “situation” (family or not), and credit history. I then emailed him when I had made arrangements with the person who was showing it and warned him that if his credit was extremely bad (he said it was a bit bumpy) he may not want to consider moving forward because I do rely on credit as well as other criteria.

Here is what he wrote back. You can edit it as you see fit.

Well since everyones [sic] credit is not perfect as ours is not we will not proceed. BAD things happen to GOOD people and it is what it is, you can take the house and stick it up your ass. Have a wonderful day!!!!!  1229-11

Aren’t you just thrilled that you avoided renting to a rude boor!   We were landlords for five years or so and did the same pre-rental screening.  We had great tenants for four years but the last one certainly tried our patience.  He defaulted on paying his rent and we had to commence with eviction and trying to recoup the money he owed us.  Eventually took him to small claims court and won.  Never saw a dime of the money but his poor credit report certainly will follow him around.  What amazed me was the sense of entitlement he had…as if we owed him free housing.    Better to find out before renting just what kind of tenant someone may be.

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Angel January 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

As the daughter of a former landlord who once had the tenant take the refrigerator WITH him when he moved, I have to say that you are very lucky that all you got was a strongly worded letter from this gentleman. Imagine renting to an individual who really believes that the world owes them a living and this includes a free place to live, and you will have a pretty good idea of what many landlords have to put up with. Running a credit check is standard, and you are under no obligation to rent to ANYONE whose credit is less than stellar. I think that in this economy some landlords tend to look the other way in terms of “bumps” in the credit history because a lot of people were hit hard back in 2008 when the market crashed, jobs lost, etc, and tend to give people the benefit of the doubt in those cases. But anyone who gets belligerent with you when you try to give them an out as a result of poor credit, there is something wrong with that. They would probably be the first to complain about not having enough time to come up with the rent–why can’t you knock a few bucks off this month, etc, etc. And probably would come up with endless excuses why they could not pay rent. Believe me you are much better off!

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erica September 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Quite honestly we were hit hard by the recession and our credit is less than stellar. We have very very little credit card debt (still paying off a small amount). And…while I understand using a credit report as a tool…I wouldn’t really rely on it much.

Having a roof over your head is way more of an incentive to pay than worrying about creditor calling repeatedly for payment.
And bad things do happen to good people. Every day.
I doubt our credit would ever be a problem when renting though. We have an excellent rental history with living in one rental for over 5 yrs, only moving because they owner wanted to sell it and currently we are at …13 yrs in this rental.
We are a landlord’s dream.
If you treat the house as though it were yours you will never have a problem with renting.
We would love to buy…but banks only care about your numbers not about people.

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