Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Chris_Doane

Suspicious landlord...

41 posts in this topic

I'm looking for a new place to live and went to see a condo the other day. The landlord, Sanjay, has quite a nice place. The first problem was the price. His ad said $1249. When I got there, there was a surprise $150 home owners association fee. Almost every other place I've seen, the owner pays that fee. Sanjay wants to pass it on. Whatever, strike one.

Now the BIG problem. He starts asking me if I'll be living there alone or will I be living with my "fiance or girlfriend." In the 10 mins or so I talk to him, he brings it up 3 times and always uses the words "fiance or girlfriend." The way he said it felt like he was fishing...basically to make sure I wasn't gay. Maybe Im just being paranoid?

Anyhow in the 10 mins we talk, he decides I'd be a great fit to rent his place and he really wants me to take it. He doesn't feel good about the prospects that have come to see it. He doesn't want younger guys or families in there tearing up his place...which is fine. I tell him its too much with the surprise, extra $150. He says "OK, how about $1349." I say I'll think about it. Email him the next day and say I'll pass for now. Then he says "OK, $1299." I haven't replied since.

Im just envisioning him coming over all all the time to "check in" and make sure his place is OK. Hah that could be interesting if my boyfriend happened to be over at the time.

What to do...what to do....

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Might as well get the party started with a bang and invite the BF to sign the papers with you. ;)

(Yep, I'm a vengeful ass)

But seriously... Better to get these things out in the open now. Before you sign a lease or anything. That way you can save yourself a whole lot of potential drama in the future.

Edited by FUTURE_OF_GM
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Might as well get the party started with a bang and invite the BF to sign the papers with you. ;)

(Yep, I'm a vengeful ass)

Haha...I had that thought too. Only been going out with him for 3 months though.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sigh. Prices are so different here vs. most of the nation.

Chris, if you really like the place, get it. However, he sounds like he'll be a PITA.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would've said, "My wife died" because that would have likely shut the jerk up.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I would've said, "My wife died" because that would have likely shut the jerk up.

LoL...that would've been a great idea!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bloody Indian heh? Sanjay the Saarthi of King Dhritarashtra, one who had the vision to let the blind king tell live news about the great war of Mahabharata.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bloody Indian heh? Sanjay the Saarthi of King Dhritarashtra, one who had the vision to let the blind king tell live news about the great war of Mahabharata.

Oooook...

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Oooook...

Being brought up there, I will tell you that Indians are one of the worst bigots when it comes to homosexuality. If you fear about it, you are possibly correct.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You are in luck. Thanks to Federal Fair Housing Standards you are now due $10,000 (or more). Please check out http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/ and let them know the name and such of the Landlord. It is AGAINST THE LAW to ask about familial status.

I used to do training for the Property Management firm I worked for on this very issue. GO GET YOUR FREE MONEY!!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
You are in luck. Thanks to Federal Fair Housing Standards you are now due $10,000 (or more). Please check out http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/ and let them know the name and such of the Landlord. It is AGAINST THE LAW to ask about familial status.

I used to do training for the Property Management firm I worked for on this very issue. GO GET YOUR FREE MONEY!!

In that case...

Chris, can I have a $5000 loan? :D

(I need to put a down payment on another car)

Edited by FUTURE_OF_GM
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What Is Prohibited?

In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:

* Refuse to rent or sell housing

* Refuse to negotiate for housing

* Make housing unavailable

* Deny a dwelling

* Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling

* Provide different housing services or facilities

* Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental

* For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or

* Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.

If You Think Your Rights Have Been Violated

HUD is ready to help with any problem of housing discrimination. If you think your rights have been violated, the Housing Discrimination Complaint Form is available for you to download, complete and return, or complete online and submit, or you may write HUD a letter, or telephone the HUD Office nearest you. You have one year after an alleged violation to file a complaint with HUD, but you should file it as soon as possible.

What to Tell HUD:

* Your name and address

* The name and address of the person your complaint is against (the respondent)

* The address or other identification to the housing involved

* A short description to the alleged violation (the event that caused you to believe your rights were violated)

* The date(s) to the alleged violation

Complaint Form

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
You are in luck. Thanks to Federal Fair Housing Standards you are now due $10,000 (or more). Please check out http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/ and let them know the name and such of the Landlord. It is AGAINST THE LAW to ask about familial status.

I used to do training for the Property Management firm I worked for on this very issue. GO GET YOUR FREE MONEY!!

Hah well...thats interesting...

I dont know if he's denied me anything yet though. I mean he has no idea I'm gay. He still really wants me to rent his place.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hah well...thats interesting...

I dont know if he's denied me anything yet though. I mean he has no idea I'm gay. He still really wants me to rent his place.

He doesn't have to deny you . . . he just has to make the comment. The fact that he made mention of people he didn't want to rent to opens up the door for a fair housing law suit. Though I generally am pro-landlord, this is a case where a person should be sued to learn a lesson, and prevent such things in the future.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Im just envisioning him coming over all all the time to "check in" and make sure his place is OK. Hah that could be interesting if my boyfriend happened to be over at the time.

so like this but reverse heheheh

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Strangely, from reading that, I'm getting the idea that he might be gay. Seeing as he asked you that many times, and was eager enough to drop the rent...

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Strangely, from reading that, I'm getting the idea that he might be gay. Seeing as he asked you that many times, and was eager enough to drop the rent...

Haha no, no.

But I can see how it might sound like that.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Darn, if only you had the conversation recorded, but who would have thought of that? I would look elsewhere if it were me, dude sounds like he'll be in your business.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm looking for a new place to live and went to see a condo the other day. The landlord, Sanjay, has quite a nice place. The first problem was the price. His ad said $1249. When I got there, there was a surprise $150 home owners association fee. Almost every other place I've seen, the owner pays that fee. Sanjay wants to pass it on. Whatever, strike one.

Now the BIG problem. He starts asking me if I'll be living there alone or will I be living with my "fiance or girlfriend." In the 10 mins or so I talk to him, he brings it up 3 times and always uses the words "fiance or girlfriend." The way he said it felt like he was fishing...basically to make sure I wasn't gay. Maybe Im just being paranoid?

Anyhow in the 10 mins we talk, he decides I'd be a great fit to rent his place and he really wants me to take it. He doesn't feel good about the prospects that have come to see it. He doesn't want younger guys or families in there tearing up his place...which is fine. I tell him its too much with the surprise, extra $150. He says "OK, how about $1349." I say I'll think about it. Email him the next day and say I'll pass for now. Then he says "OK, $1299." I haven't replied since.

Im just envisioning him coming over all all the time to "check in" and make sure his place is OK. Hah that could be interesting if my boyfriend happened to be over at the time.

What to do...what to do....

FWIW- He may just be trying to figure if you are settled down, as in not a wild bachelor throwing lavish parties playing loud music into the we hours and pissing off the condo association.

That's just a possibility of course.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
What Is Prohibited?

In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:

* Refuse to rent or sell housing

* Refuse to negotiate for housing

* Make housing unavailable

* Deny a dwelling

* Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling

* Provide different housing services or facilities

* Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental

* For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or

* Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.

If You Think Your Rights Have Been Violated

HUD is ready to help with any problem of housing discrimination. If you think your rights have been violated, the Housing Discrimination Complaint Form is available for you to download, complete and return, or complete online and submit, or you may write HUD a letter, or telephone the HUD Office nearest you. You have one year after an alleged violation to file a complaint with HUD, but you should file it as soon as possible.

What to Tell HUD:

* Your name and address

* The name and address of the person your complaint is against (the respondent)

* The address or other identification to the housing involved

* A short description to the alleged violation (the event that caused you to believe your rights were violated)

* The date(s) to the alleged violation

Complaint Form

I don't see how this quite fits the situation--I didn't see anything about a housing denial, in fact quite the opposite. If anything, I saw a lack of tact and potential homophobia, but most likely just nosiness.

Chris: Trust your instinct that this guy will be obnoxious. He asked the question HOW MANY TIMES??? Good grief...

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

Guest
You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   You have pasted content with formatting.   Remove formatting

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0