I’m not sure where to put this, so hopefully this is the right spot.
I have a room in my house I’d like to rent to a new roommate. I had one before that worked out really well and I found her from Craigslist, so using the same source this time. It’s a great service, but there are also a lot of flakes and people to sort through. The issue I’m having is with how to handle verbal acceptances and queuing of people to see the place.
On Sunday, I had one guy see the place, and he was really nice, albeit fairly young, and said he’d like to take the place. I told him I’d like to have a deposit within the next couple days so I felt OK with telling other prospects that it was taken. He agreed and said he’d stop by first thing Monday with the rental agreement and check. I haven’t heard from him (he had been very quick to respond before), so e-mailed to ask him to respond by today or I’d be contacting other potential roommates. It left me in a weird spot where I wasn’t sure if the place was open or not in addressing all the responses I got. Did I mess up in saying the place was his, or is it better to say “the first person I’ve approved who brings me a deposit?”
There are two people lined up for tomorrow, “Jane” who is interested in renting later in the summer, and “John” who seems like he could be a good guy. I’m also trying to schedule “Susan” who I got a good feeling about right off the bat. Do I need to make a decision for each person I see when they're there, and allow them “dibs” since they got there first? Or can I say “I have one other person I’m interested in meeting” and then make a decision after meeting all 3? I imagine after meeting all 3, I'd decide w/in a day.
This roommate stuff is really confusing and I just want to be done with the selection part. Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions you can provide!