Fun with rental applications
April 4, 2012 8:05 PM Subscribe
I'm apartment hunting in British Columbia. When a landlord asks me to fill out a rental application, but doesn't ask for a deposit right away, how binding should I consider the application?
posted by no regrets, coyote to home & garden (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The standard rental application has a clause to the effect of "if the landlord offers the apartment to the applicant within 5 days, the applicant agrees to sign a lease and pay $X deposit".
Sometimes, the landlord asks for a cheque which is to be returned if they don't end up offering me the apartment. In these cases, I understand that the money is gone if I choose to live somewhere else.
But if they don't ask for a cheque right away, am I asking for trouble if I sign multiple applications at the same time? If I'm offered two places, will the one I turn down try to come after me for money? (All my financial and personal info is on the application)
My guess is that it's pretty safe to do so since landlords in the neighbourhoods I'm looking in will have no problem finding someone else to rent to and it's probably not worth their time to try to enforce these applications. But I don't want to find myself being harassed over hundreds of dollars in deposit money.
The rental market in Vancouver is tough, and it seems crazy for me to have to sit on my hands for 5 days after applying to a place. But maybe this is just what people have to do? I can't find anything about this online.