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    Advice re: unwanted applicants

    Hi
    If one see people when viewing and gets a feeling that these people are what they want, how does one cope with this situation, with the problems theses days with racism etc, i am not sure what to do about about it, although for me that isnt the problem, i just have a bad feeling about them, even though the refs etc check out
    Thanks

    #2
    You simply say that you have other people to see and you will get back to them if they are successful but to save on phone calls and letters, if they have not heard from you by xx date, please assume they have not got the tenancy.

    That gets you out of any discriminatory problems and having to contact them to give them the bad news.

    Easy!

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      #3
      Gut feelings are useful and should not be ignored. However the 'shock of the new' from dealing with different ethnic groups may also give you cause for concern; but you need to work on that one and be honest with yourself about whether your feelings are justified.

      I think it really helps to have a check list of your ideal applicants; so that you assess everybody with the same criterea; you will feel you have been fair and be more confident of your decision. It also is proof that you have not been racially discriminatory.
      On this list could be: pleasant disposition, cooperative, can demonstrate they can look after a home etc. You could check this out by asking questions to see how people react and repy to certain circumstances. Ask open questions..not yes/no questions. If this irritates them then its a bad mark.

      Dont be afraid to ask for more potential referees with all your applicants; a full 3 year history of employment and previous landlords. Its best to contact an old LL who does not want to get rid of their tenants by giving you a good refernces that are not quite as honest as they should be. Check written references by phone...people are more likely to be candid as it's more 'off the record'. This can help you feel more confident about your choice.

      The other alternative is to get an agent to find you a tenant.
      All posts in good faith, but do not rely on them

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        #4
        When I have a person who I am not keen on, saying "I will take it, where do I sign?" I normally say that I have had someone half an hour ago who also wanted it and got someone coming to view later and then I will have to decide who to take but all things being equal will have to first come first served.

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          #5
          I will tell you of two scenarios in my life where I have judged people and been wrong.

          Number 1. was a pleasant asian gentleman, neat and tidy in appearance and politely spoken - murdered his friend who was a jeweller - beat him to death trying to get the combi to the safe. A perfect gentleman I once thought!!!!

          Number 2. was an old, smelly tramp who lived in a caravan which had to be burn under supervision from the fire brigade when the tramp died. It turned out that the tramp was a war hero who went into a bombed burning building and carried three people out during WW2. As a tramp, most people crossed the road rather than be near him - to my shame I was one of those!!!!!

          You NEVER can tell with people - all you can go on is their appearance and manner at the time.

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            #6
            Originally posted by davidjohnbutton View Post
            I will tell you of two scenarios in my life where I have judged people and been wrong.

            Number 1. was a pleasant asian gentleman, neat and tidy in appearance and politely spoken - murdered his friend who was a jeweller - beat him to death trying to get the combi to the safe. A perfect gentleman I once thought!!!!

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            Yes, but did he pay his rent on time??
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              #7
              Nah, neither of em were tenants of mine!

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                #8
                Discrimination is not a dirty word, it's an entirely sensible practise where one makes choices based on the information one has to hand, even if that information is incoplete. Unfortunately for Her Majesty's PC Government the information of one's own eyes tells you that not all groups are 'the same' in behaviour - with criminality being somewhat more prevalent in some groups than others - so they have to pass laws to try and force people to treat them as though they were!

                Unfortunately you can almost never have complete information when trying to make a decision, so you have to follow your prejudices to a certain degree. To give a non-controversial example, given the choice of two ways to walk home on a dark night, one passing through a group of middle-aged vicars, and one passing though a group of 'hoodies', I would choose the vicars every time!

                Of course someone else's experience may be that vicars are more dangerous than hoodies, and they would make a different choice in the same circumstances and given the same information to work with! That's why freedom is better than coercion and why the Labour Party sucks!

                So don't worry about it, just gather as much information as you reasonably can and let your instincts and previous experiences help you fill in the gaps!

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                  #9
                  I agree.
                  Discrimination is OK. Unfair discrimination is not. Just be dispassionate and, as in examination questions, be able to 'give reasons for your answers'.
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