Two much or not enough?
September 5, 2011 9:42 AM Subscribe
Two prospective renters both coming from out of town to look at my house next Saturday. Is my plan for handling potential conflict reasonable?
posted by randomkeystrike to law & government (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We live in a house we are trying to rent out so as to buy another. Two prospects have responded to a for sale/for rent ad I've placed. Both will potentially drive in from out of town (2-3 hours) to look at the house. Obviously, I will schedule the visits at two different times. Is the following plan fair in the event both want to rent it?
- I will take their application and their deposit and tell them I'll notify them as soon as I run the background check.
- if the 2nd person in line (based on the initial contact, not the time of the appointments) wants it, I will take their application and deposit, informing them that IF the first person in line wants to apply, they have first priority, assuming their background check is clean, and that if that other application is successful, I will return their check (I would also return the check to either one in the event they failed the background check).
Passing the background/credit check clean will be my only criteria, and I will inform these prospects of that. I will run all checks and inform all parties of their status as soon as possible.
Does this seem fair, and do I expose myself to any liability for violating any laws if I handle it this way? I live in Alabama.