There’s a dirty little secret a landlord would never tell you about the types of renters they won’t rent an apartment to. When we started building RadPad we had no idea just how many landlords turn away these types of renters, even if they have great credit and make a lot of money.
We thought it was only fair to share what we’ve heard from landlords so if you’re one of these people, you can better present yourself and ensure you don’t get passed over for that apartment you really wanted.
Although your credit and income are major factors in the screening process, at the end of the day, more and more landlords are using the in person meeting with you to make snap judgements on whether they’re going to rent their apartment to you.
If you want to make sure you get the apartment you really, really want, at all costs, don’t be one of these types of people:
Cindy the Cat Woman
Pets are cool but they can cause a lot of damage to an apartment, which isn’t cool. Landlords these days really want pet-less renters over renters who have pets because cats & dogs can end up costing landlords a lot more dinero when you move out.
Dead giveaways: You bring your pet(s) to the showing. You can’t stop talking about your cats. You ask about the pet policy so you can figure out how to get around paying the additional cost to have a pet.
Sammy the Smoker
Smoking just isn’t as cool as it used to be, especially if you’re a smoker who leaves your butts anywhere but the trash. It’s not just a potential fire hazard but a pain in the arse to clean up if you’re flicking your butts all over the property.
Dead giveaways: You smell of cigarette smoke and coffee. You take a break during the showing to have a fresh smoke. You forget to remove the cig behind your ear before meeting with the landlord. Two words: ‘Yellow’ fingernails.
Peter the Party Animal
We all know Peter. He’s the guy who uses his apartment to throw parties. Big parties. Even though he ‘barely’ graduated college six years ago, he still treats his apartment like a dorm room.
Dead giveaways: You show up to check out the pad hungover in a tank top and sweatpants. You’re more interested in the pool and hot tub than the actual apartment. You take two phone calls during the viewing so you can plan out that night’s ‘big party.’
Nick the Noisemaker
No one likes Nick. He’s the neighbor from hell. He plays his music until 3am because Nick could care less that all his neighbors have to get up at 6am for work. In turn, every one of Nick’s neighbors is upset, angry and making sure the landlords knows it.
Dead giveaways: You ask if the apartment has ‘sound proofing.’ You measure the living room to make sure it’ll fit your speaker system. You ask if the building has ‘quiet’ hours.