Nine Reasons Why You May Want

To Reject a Rental Application


Landlords should always evaluate rental applications objectively, applying qualifying criteria in a consistent, non - discriminatory manner. Following are nine reasons (qualifying criteria) why you may want to reject a rental application:

The applicant had an unsatisfactory reference from a prior landlord concerning their rent payment record, the condition of the premises when they vacated the property, noise problems, neighbor complaints, or illegal activity.
   
The applicant does not meet the minimum income and debt to income ratio qualifications as applied to all applicants.
   
One of the applicants or prospective occupants is a smoker.
   
The applicant does not meet your criteria for a minimum number of months on the job. This criteria must be applied in a consistent, non - discriminatory manner. For example, many landlords will not consider income where the applicant has been on the job for less than six months.
   
The applicant's credit report does not meet your criteria. Again, your criteria must be applied consistently, and in a non - discriminatory manner. Your criteria can be based on a credit score or a maximum number of thirty, sixty, and / or ninety day late payments withing a defined period of time.
The applicants have a pet and you do not allow pets.
   
The applicants exceed your rental criteria by having too many vehicles. As always, you must establish criteria and apply it consistently and in a non - discriminatory manner.
   
You are unable to verify the income of the applicant through their employer, check stubs, tax returns, or bank statements.
   
The applicants have moved from one location to another an excessive number of times and for short periods of time. You must establish criteria and apply it consistently in a non - discriminatory manner.
   

 


 

 

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