Have 3 applicants for a rental house. All 3 qualify, how do I turn down the 2 I prefer not to rent to?
Hello and welcome,Are you concerned about any specific legal action being taken against you by the tenants who are denied? Have you indicated to any of them that they are approved or that you agree to lease to them?
I gave applications to all 3. Although, on paper, all three would qualify, I did tell one that they seemed a good fit for the house. I have attempted to verify their employment without success but did receive from them pay stubs and an Equifax credit check. I was going to rent to these applicants, but the third applicant would be better tenants. I do not know how to reject the other two. Can you help?
Thank you for the additional information, Karyn.There is no specific method from informing the tenants that you are denying their application in favor of another applicant. It is important to keep in mind that state and federal law prohibits discrimination based on race, age, disability or other protected statuses, but as long as you are not engaging in a violation of law, you may normally provide them with as little or as much information as possible and may even inform them verbally that you have chosen another applicant.I would typically indicate simply that they were well qualified but that you had a number of applicants who were, and have chosen another applicant. I would thank them for their interest in the property and indicate that you will keep them in mind if the new tenant does not sign a lease or other complications arise.
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