We’re new. We’ve had our listing up less than a week and I came looking for this forum because I’ve already had an inquiry from someone who had all my red flags flying. She joined just before she asked about our listing, the address on her profile was the next town over from ours, she wanted to stay for three weeks, and she wanted to move in today. We live in an area where it is hard to find rentals–so hard that people are becoming homeless because they can’t get through the credit checks, or they don’t have deposit money, or there is simply too much competition. I was wondering how often this happens. We’ve had long term tenants (privately), and it’s been hard to get them out in a couple of cases. I’m looking forward to the short term visitors, but I guess I wonder if anyone’s had trouble getting people to leave when their time is up?
I declined this request I got yesterday on the basis of our pet policy. I’m not quite clear what I would have said if she wasn’t inquiring about a pet. I have worked extensively with homeless people in our city, and I know the signs of someone who is couch surfing.
I appreciate this discussion!