Post # 1
We have decided to rent out our condo and buy something closer to my husbands work. We had two qualified applicants come to view the condo. We want to rent to one how do we tell the other they aren’t getting the condo.
App 1: emailed initally on Monday night, came to see the condo on Wednesday, handed in application Saturday afternoon. Salary is slightly lower than applicant 2 but could still afford unit. Asked us not to contact current landlord until we were sure we would rent to them, may not be flexible with move in date.
App 2: emailed initally on Tuesday night, came to see the condo on Friday, handed in application Thursday (requested it by email). Higher salary, flexible with move in date all references check out.
Since technically they are both qualified what reasons can I leagally give Applicant 1 for not renting to them?
Post # 3
I would say the shadiness in not contacting their current landlord is reason enough, but in all honesty, I don’t think you have to provide a reason at all.
Post # 4
I don’t think you have to give a reason per se.
I would just say that you are sorry but you have another applicant that is a better fit!
Post # 5
Thanks so much for the quick responses. We were orginally planning on just saying the other applicant was a better fit but I didn’t know if we had to give a reason to them. I will try that and hopefully they don’t ask us about it.
Post # 6
The other applicant makes more money and is more flexible. You don’t have to give a reason to the other people, since you aren’t discriminating on race, sex, etc.
That’s actually a super calm rental market. Here, if you aren’t first in line with a checkbook open and your credit report already in hand, forget about it. Places are gone after they’ve been on craigslist for an hour! Wish we lived in your market!
Post # 7
You don’t have to provide a reason. Just say you guys decided to rent to someone else. Most people won’t question why you chose someone else over them — especially if they’re actively pursuing a new rental.
Post # 8
I agree with the PPs that I don’t think you have to tell them anything except that you have another applicant who is a better fit.