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  • Buy-to-Let

    Best way to reject unsuitable tenants?

    Imagine the scenario... You speak with a tenant on the phone, seems ok. However when you meet them in person, something about them seems a little 'off'. 

    A common answer to the above question is that you are still doing more viewings and will let them know.

    They then call up and you say something along the lines of ‘…i've rented to someone else’ or ‘someone else was more suitable’, etc. 

    However they then check Rightmove a few days later and see not only are you still advertising the property but have also reduced the rent to get a wider selection of tenants!!

    Googled around and can’t find a tactful answer for this situation.

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    Tricky one but that is where your invisible partner come in the picture if you know what i mean
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    You could state that "You only do the Viewings and your parnter deals with tenants selection and its out of your hands"

    not ideal mate and pretty hard to say but when you really have to.
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    Sorry but that doesn't make any sense to me.

    I would have seen the tenant, my 'partner' wouldn't have so has no reason to accept or reject a tenant.

    Secondly, my 'partner' would only have seen the tenant's credentials, and on paper, the tenant should be a successful candidate.

    Again it would come down to 'Why is the tenant unsuitable?'

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    Okay well I agree with you, in that during a viewing you can sum someone up pretty quick and decide if they will be a nightmare tenant or not.

    But that isn't the only part of the consideration, their finances, credit, references etc. all need to be checked too (which is something you could say someone else does).  It's perfectly reasonable to suggest that.

    Maybe another applicant has better pay or better references.  There is always going to be a scale and one applicant will be higher than another on that scale.

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    Just have strict tenant referencing, income requirements, request a homeowning guarantor and subject them to the same.
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    Yes I get that. 

    What i'm struggling with is what if they meet all those requirements but they lack certain soft skills - Punctuality, communication, mannerisms, general gut feel.

    What do you say to that?

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    No I am afraid that it has gone but the website is out of date / technical problems.

    Or B) I don't want a serial killer living in my property. ?
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    Any Business owner has the right to say No I dont want your custom

    Some decisions are not pleasant Its called life

    I think most of us have been turned down for a job selecting a Tenant is just the same

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.