Tim and I had an argument, which is actually something fairly rare for us. We are remodeling a kitchen in one of the vacant apartments and getting it ready to rent. He was set to rent to an older woman. Seemed nice enough. Anxious to rent from us. In a hurry to move in. Problem number one. She had a cat. We don't normally allow pets. Then after discussions, after the decision to allow the cat, Tim called to let her know that she had the apartment. Suddenly she did not have the money for the rent and deposit. Furthermore, she now had two cats, neither of which she could bear to part with. She was also getting very rushed about moving in there. We have seen this before. If they do not have the money before they move in, they will not come up with the money after they are in. I don't care how nice the little old lady seems, financial problems do not go away overnight, and the fact that she was not upfront with us about the cat situation did not bode well in my opinion. In my mind, we had a woman who would not hesitate to fudge on the truth if it suited her, that on top of the financial issues. "Tim," I said, "I know that you liked her, but really, remember Nancy? It's the exact same thing." He agreed with me, but when he called her back to say that we had decided to rent to the next person on the list, she began to try to argue with him. Amazingly, even as I mouthed the words (repeatedly) "Your situation is not as you represented it to us. We're sorry," I heard him begin to waffle. She told him that she would call him back later to discuss it further when it was convenient for her. My gosh. I was mad at him.
A young man called from McDonalds. He asked where the apartment was. I told him. I mentioned that Tim was there for the afternoon if he wanted to go take a look at it. The boy said, "No. I don't need to see it. I'll take it." I began to speak and he cut in to explain that he needed the apartment right away, and assured me that he would take it. "No," I said. "That's not how it works. We need to meet you. We need to decide if you are going to be a responsible tenant that will fit in with the other tenants already in the building. We need references." This seemed to come as a surprise to him.
We even got a call from Nancy. Too good to be true Nancy. Nancy of the sad, sad stories. She'd like to rent the apartment too.
We're getting a lot of calls, but oh my gosh. Very few of them sound real promising.