Questions answered by a landlord for a prospective room renter in the bay area

We rent only to applicants whom we have met in person.

1. The first step is to drive by the property.

2. Next, Request a Showing Appointment.

3. The property manager will call you to arrange a showing.

4. When you visit the house, we will show you around and get to know you a bit. Feel free to ask any questions.

5. Finally, if you are invited to apply, submit your application with the fee (pay here). This covers a background check, including credit history report. If you apply but we do not process your application (i.e. we accept someone else who applied before you), your money will be returned to you.

Important: If you make an appointment and cannot keep it or will be late, please be considerate and let us know the moment you realize it. We are making a special trip to the house for you! We’ll wait 10 minutes and if you’re not there, we’ll consider it a no-show.

There is no need to bring paperwork to the showing. If you are invited to apply, that’s when to submit your application. Applications are processed only from prospective tenants whom we have met in person.

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Q: Is the property or unit available?

A: The current status is shown on our home page. As soon as the status changes, we update the website.

Q: My credit is bad/awful/can’t be described in words. Will you consider me?

A: Yes. We realize that stuff happens. If you’re a good person, please apply and we’ll discuss your situation.

Q: I can’t pay the deposit all at once. May I make payments?

A: Possibly. If you have good credit and can pay at least one-third up-front, or have no credit or poor credit and can pay at least one-half up-front, AND offer us an acceptable plan for paying the balance, we will work with you. Otherwise, the deposit will be due up front.

Q: I’m coming from out of the area and would like to rent. May I apply?

A: Sorry, we don’t rent to anyone we haven’t met. Let us know when you’ll be in town and we’ll show you the property.

Q: I’d like to visit the property. When we meet, should I bring anything?

A: No, you don’t need to bring anything.

Q: For shared housing, may I meet the other housemates?

A: Yes, you are welcome to meet anyone who is home when you visit and ask them any questions you wish, but we don’t ask the housemates to be available for showings because they have their own schedules.

Q: My personality is like _____. Will you consider me?

A: If you are responsible and considerate of others, we would like to talk to you.

Q: May my spouse/significant other/parent rent with me?

A: Sorry, our rooms are for one person only.

Q: Can my significant other stay over?

A: Yes, occasional overnight guests are allowed. However, only those tenants specified in the rental agreement may live at the house.

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connie dello buono

Health educator, author and enterpreneur motherhealth@gmail.com or conniedbuono@gmail.com ; cell 408-854-1883 Helping families in the bay area by providing compassionate and live-in caregivers for homebound bay area seniors. Blogs at www.clubalthea.com Currently writing a self help and self cure ebook to help transform others in their journey to wellness, Healing within, transform inside and out. This is a compilation of topics Connie answered at quora.com and posts in this site.

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