What do landlords want to know?
July 1, 2012 9:31 AM Subscribe
Looking for a new apartment. Landlords of MeFi, what information should be in the initial email?
posted by Nibbly Fang to human relations (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My sweetie and I are starting to look for a new apartment in New Orleans. (We've lived here a while, so we already know the neighborhoods and such.) I'm struggling a little with how much information to put in that first email in response to a posting on Craigslist (or wherever). I don't want to give too little, so that I seem sketchy, but I don't want to overwhelm with a huge infodump either. I also don't want to give out a bunch of personal information to someone who turns out to be a scammer.
I would be moving with my long-term boyfriend
We can take some time to look--we have a good relationship with our current landlord, but we want more privacy (right now we share a yard with our pleasant but loud neighbors) and a better location
We are good renters, and both have a steady income. I have a very wholesome and community-oriented job (preschool teacher)
We are non-smokers
We have one well-behaved indoor cat
If you've ever handled the rental process, how much of this information do you need or want? Anything I definitely shouldn't do?