"No roommate" policy? Since when?
May 28, 2012 6:26 PM Subscribe
2 weeks of positive contact with potential landlady regarding new apartment for myself + fiance. She invites me to look at the place then tells me there is a "no roommates" policy and they only provide leases to single tenants or married couples. WTF- is this a thing?
posted by shes_ajar to home & garden (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Some background- Significant other and I are moving 3 hours north due to a new job. He is still cranking out his dissertation and I am in charge of finding us a place. Found a dream apartment in a historical building, good price, good location etc etc. I made contact with the landlady two weeks ago via email. She responded by phone- I explained the tenants would include myself, fiance, and two cats. Their pet policy jived with us, the lady seemed nice, and we had several other phone/email conversations to set up a possible time for me to visit the apartment. During these conversations I was in no way unclear about who would be living there and there seemed to be no problems. We also made general small talk about hobbies, what job fields we were in, and other pleasantries.
Yesterday I arrived for our meeting and things were going well. She showed me around the property and we talked for about 30 minutes before saying that she wants to be "up front" with me that they have a no roommates policy. It takes me a little too long to catch on to what she is saying because I reassure her that we won't have any. She then tells me that because we are not yet married my fiance (we've been together 4+ years) is "just a roommate" and they do not allow this because "it saves [them] a lot of headache with broken leases." She tells me that I would be a perfect fit as a tenant in their building, that I am eligible to live there, and invites me to fill out a rental application for myself. After I respond that this would not be a possibility, she asks when my wedding date is (next fall-ish) and suggests I "run to city hall to get the piece of paper and you can still have your big wedding later." I was completely floored by the whole interaction and the two weeks with no indication of this being an issue, so I left as quickly as I could.
All of that seemed super fucking weird to me. My question- is this a thing that other landlords do? Has anyone else ever run into this?