Are You Blacklisted?

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Have perfect or good credit? Early or on-time payments? No evictions? You could still be denied residence at an apartment if you are a blacklisted tenant.

What is a blacklisted tenant?

A blacklisted tenant is one who is, for one reason or another, listed in a database that landlords share to weed out undesirable tenants. The landlords use this list to report issues with tenants including whether a tenant has complained a lot, had any disputes with landlords concerning damage to the premises, or if they have ever been evicted from failure to pay rent. This blacklist has been known to harm the chances of unsuspecting apartment seekers renting a respectable place. There is no field on this blacklist that indicates whether or not this information is factual “… Landlords just use these screening services as an easy way to reject a number of people. And they don’t want to spend the time to find out whether they’re properly rejecting them or not,” says David Pallack of Neighborhood Legal Services.

Who maintains tenant blacklists?

There are a number of tenant blacklist firms. Some of the largest are U.D. Registry, The Registry, RentCheck, and TeleCheck. According to a 1989 article from Whole Earth Review:

U.D. Registry, in Van Nuys, CA, has over 2 million tenant records on file, information gleaned from housing-court records and provided by irate landlords. For less than $15, UDR reports to any landlord any eviction proceedings, or statements from former landlords against a given tenant. The effect of UDR has been to blacklist tenants who attempt to exercise their rights; a lawsuit attacking UDR has been pending in California courts for more than two years.

UDR’s clients control 90 percent of the rental market in southern California, and the company performs over 250,000 searches per year, according to Harvey Saltz, the company’s owner. Saltz says he lets tenants place statements in their files explaining “their side” of the story, but many of UDR’s victims aren’t even aware of the company’s existence. Indeed, some of UDR’s most-publicized victims have been people who just happened to match “bad tenants” with similar-sounding names that were in UDR’s database.

The Registry, another tenant screening service, has a database of a million records for the Washington, D.C. area. Other services operate in Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington, RentCheck, a division of TeleCheck, has files on renters across the country.

What if I have good credit?

Being blacklisted is different from having a poor credit score. Credit scores are based on your finances, debt repayment, and overall indebtedness and maintained by the “Big 3” credit bureaus: TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. Tenant blacklist record data from court proceedings and from landlords and are maintained by smaller private companies such as U.D. Registry. While tenant screening blacklists also may use information from credit bureaus, they do not maintain the data (they just use the information provided by one of the Big 3). Tenant screening services do, however, maintain tenancy history, including a landlord’s reports regarding whether a tenant paid late and if the late payment resulted in an eviction. Even if you have good credit, there’s no guarantee that you are not blacklisted. According to The Daily Breeze, “For tenants, an eviction notice can carry the same weight as a bad credit rating.” If you have an eviction, chances are high that these companies know about it.

How do I know if I am one?

In addition to U.D. Registry, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion sell information to landlords. Instead of relying on your landlord to report the eviction, these companies hire people to go to the courts and look up cases and put the information on the computer database. If an eviction action was started, it becomes a bad mark for the unwary tenant whether the case was dismissed or the tenant won. U.D. Registry charges a fee just to check into a prospective renter’s name. The fee is paid for through the rental application which they collect whether or not the renter is accepted at the property. Individuals must also pay a fee to check their personal rental credit. If you find yourself on the blacklist, you will find it very difficult to remove yourself or even find out who placed you on the list.

Help, I’m blacklisted! What do I do now?

According to UDR, “If you want to dispute the “completeness” or “accuracy” or your eviction/tenancy consumer file maintained by UDR, it must be done in writing.”

UDR Consumer Disputes
PO Box 9140
Van Nuys, CA 91409

According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, UDR then has 30 days after receiving your request, and if they have not done everything the law requires them to do, then you may file suit against them. Intended to promote accuracy fairness, and the privacy of personal information assembled by Credit Reporting Agencies (CRAs), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) helps regulate the use of personal information by private businesses. If you have been a victim of blacklists, you have a right to sue and earn a minimum of $10,000 if the information is false or misleading.

But before you sue, one final solution is to talk to the landlord who reported the information. Sometimes mistakes are made. Let’s say a landlord mistakenly sued you for eviction and later dropped the suit. This eviction suit is still a matter of public record and may be caught by the tenant screening companies who could then report the information to future landlords. Obtaining a letter from the original landlord explaining that the eviction suit was mistakenly filed and dropped would provide you with strong proof to counter the tenant screening service. If necessary, you could show this letter to prospective new landlords along with your letters of reference from previous landlords.

172 Responses to “Are You Blacklisted?”

  1. October 26, 2005 at 4:03 pm, Anonymous said:

    give the web sites to where we can download the info an read it for ourselfs.

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  2. October 31, 2005 at 12:12 pm, Guest said:

    Here are the top 3 resources to use if you’re listed:

    UD Registry: http://www.udregistry.com/tenant.htm
    News Article: http://www.jenman.com.au/NewsNews1.php?id=237
    or
    call Tenant Screening Services: 1-800-388-2335

    I hope this helps!

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  3. November 02, 2005 at 5:07 pm, Anonymous said:

    SafeRent and First Advantage have merged create one behemoth of a blacklisting company:

    FirstAdvantage Saferent

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  4. November 22, 2005 at 9:04 pm, Anonymous said:

    The last three apartments we have lived in have gone condo. Our credit is bad due to medical expenses. We have never been one day late paying our rent. I wonder if we are on the list.

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  5. January 08, 2006 at 12:19 pm, Anonymous said:

    i have repeated complaining to an apartment community and nothing is ever done at all; then the mental health office moves in and all day and night i hear slamming doors and the tenants of mental health are not friendly and act like we are bad; my question is how many times do i complain before going to the better business bureau to get the problems straight out and be protected that i do not get thrown out as ihave excellent rental payment and my credit rating is 910. Will I still be on the “blacklist” or not. Thanks!

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  6. February 01, 2006 at 11:28 am, Anonymous said:

    Do you happen to have The First American Registry’s email address or just address?

    My email address is prmystic@aol.com. I would appreciate any help with this since I cannot find it, but the landlord seems to be able to and not tell me how to.

    Thanks, Pat

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  7. February 06, 2006 at 10:42 am, Anonymous said:

    Have you tried

    http://www.residentscreening.com/contact/index.php

    They use First Advantage SafeRent.

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  8. March 21, 2006 at 2:06 pm, Anonymous said:

    can you post apartment communities in Az, that you know of, who will work with potential tenants with 1 negative incident? (early termination of lease)

    thank you so much!

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  9. April 24, 2006 at 7:07 pm, Guest said:

    How do you blacklist “landlords ??!!”

    I want to protect future tenants from “landlord abuse” in the rental property that I’m currently at and am “moving” away from.

    Can I file a report with the BBB on landlords?

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  10. April 25, 2006 at 5:05 pm, Guest said:

    I went to court with my landlord two times due to late rent. I was in a car accident and couldn’t work as much as I previously did so, I had a hard time paying at the time. We settled and I still have evictions on my record. What can I do? I’m trying to move from my apartment into a home.

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  11. April 25, 2006 at 6:16 pm, Guest said:

    First American’s main website is http://www.residentscreening.net. On the COntact Us link it gave this information…

    Client Services
    Monday through Friday
    8:30 am – 8:00 pm (ET)
    Saturdays
    11:30 am – 5:00 pm (ET)
    800-811-3495
    techsupport@FADVSafeRent.com

    Hope this helps!

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  12. May 18, 2006 at 4:09 pm, Guest said:

    Most communities will work with you as long as the early termination fee has been paid and you were not charged for any damages to the apartment. Some also require that the debt be over a certain number of years old.
    Landlords understand that in certain instances (job transfers, marriages, etc.) you have no choice other than to break a lease.
    You might want to check with a company called BMSI. I know they will rent to you as long as the debt is paid in full and there are no damages involved. I believe it does have to be more than two years ago, though.

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  13. June 19, 2006 at 9:03 am, Guest said:

    MY FIANCE HAS RECENTLY BEEN IN A TERRIBLE CAR ACCIDENT, HE IS 100% DISABLED NOW, HE CAN NO LONGER WORK. I HAD TO GET 2 JOBS RECENTLY, AND IT STILL ISNT ENOUGH TO MAKE RENT. IM ONLY 19 YEARS OLD. IM CURRENTLY 1 MONTH BEHIND ON RENT. I TRIED TO CONTACT MY LANDLORD FOR A MONTH AND HE WOULD NOT GET BACK TO ME. WE HAVE NO HOT WATER IN OUR SHOWER AND THERE IS A HUGE HOLE IN THE WALL, BASICALLY YOU CAN SEE INTO MY KITCHEN FROM THE BATHROOM. ALSO I ONLY HAVE 1 WORKING OUTLET IN MY HOME. I HAVE TO RUN EXTENSION CORD TO EXTENSION CORD. IT IS SUCH A FIRE HAZARD. ALSO I HAVE FOUND MY LANDLORD IN MY HOME SEVERAL TIMES, WHEN I WAS NOT HOME, AND IT WAS NOT FOR AN EMERGENCY. SATURDAY HE FINALLY SHOWED UP TO MY HOUSE BUT WITH A 3 DAY EVICTION SAYING I HAD 72 HOURS TO PACK UP AND LEAVE, OR HE WILL PUT A LIEN ON ALL MY POSSESSIONS AND LOCK ME OUT, AND REPORT THIS TO A CREDIT AGENCY. IM SO LOST, AND I DONT WANT MY CREDIT HURT SO EARLY IN MY LIFE. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO BUILD IT UP. WE HAVE NO WHERE TO GO, AND TODAY IM SUPPOSE TO BE OUT. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IM GOING TO DO, WE DONT HAVE ANY MONEY SAVED UP, AND NO FAMILY IN THE STATE WE LIVE IN(FLORIDA)! WHAT SHOULD I DO???

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  14. June 26, 2006 at 1:48 am, Guest said:

    ARE ALL DEFENDANTS LISTED ON THE BLACKLIST EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT ON THE LEASE

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  15. August 06, 2006 at 1:47 pm, Guest said:

    How are we supposed to find out if we are blacklisted without paying so much money?

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  16. August 25, 2006 at 8:01 pm, Guest said:

    I admit that i did get evicted from my apartment and i owed money to the company who evicted me. I took me a year before i could pay the back fees but i have paid them. I was wondering that since i paid the cost will i be able to rent again.i have the papers stating that everything is paid in full.

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  17. August 29, 2006 at 3:08 pm, Guest said:

    UD Registry was purchased by what is now First Advantage Saferent about 2 years ago. They maintain around a 35% market share.

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  18. September 02, 2006 at 12:32 pm, Guest said:

    Check with your local city government and see if they have a program to help out with rent in an emergency situation.

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  19. September 05, 2006 at 4:59 pm, Guest said:

    I AM CURRENTLY TRYING TO BUY A HOUSE AND HAVE SOMETHING ON MY CREDIT REPORT FROM ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO. I WAS NOT IN A LEASE AND WAS PAYING MONTH TO MONTH, AND I STOPPED WORKING AND MOVED IN WITH RELATIVES AND LEFT THE APT. THE APT’S DID FILE EVICTION ON ME ONCE AND I WENT TO COURT AND THEY DID NOT SHOW UP. NOW HERE I AM RECENTLY WITH SOMETHING ON MY CREDIT SAYING THEY TOOK ME TO COURT AND I DID NOT SHOW UP. WHAT IF I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THE COURT HEARING?

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  20. September 23, 2006 at 12:42 pm, Guest said:

    I am a property manager, and yes I would rent to you if you had proof that you paid your debt to the previous landlord. Everyone gets in financial trouble now and then, as long as you were responsible enough to follow up, no problem. Make sure you have a release of debt from the landlord that you owed.

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  21. September 23, 2006 at 12:47 pm, Guest said:

    If you cannot pay and have not paid…..MOVE.
    Landlords cannot allow someone to live in one of their units for free, and you should not expect that. When you’re fiance was injured and you knew you were having problems paying, you should have filed for rental assistance somewhere. You should not have waited until an eviction notice was served.
    Some …money to the landlord is better than no money and ignoring your debt.

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  22. October 13, 2006 at 4:29 pm, Guest said:

    I did have a few late payments with my land lord and he filed for eviction,BUT I always paid and case was dismissed. why is it still showing in safe rent record there was no action byt the court land called and dismissed the case when I moved landlord gave me back all my deposit. Why should safe rent black list my im in new jersey I think we should start a claas action suit as did new york,this should not be allowed to happen.

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  23. December 06, 2006 at 2:59 pm, Guest said:

    TO ALL YOU NON PAYING TENANTS

    As a Landlord, I can say to you all, that you being blacklisted is no fault but your own. True, we all fall into financial difficulties here and there but it all comes down to responsibility… If more people payed attention to paying the most important bill than partying, and spending frivolously, we wouldnt have to be going through some of the problems we do now. If you cant pay your rent, get out..go stay with family…Dont expect the landlord to be your social service agent and put you up for free…The Landlord has bills to pay that you can not imagine….Be an adult…If you cant pay, You cant Stay…

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  24. January 04, 2007 at 10:36 pm, Guest said:

    I was 20 when i moved into my apartment and had good credit. But I made the mistake of getting an overly expensive apartment when i just started a new job. I lost the job that afforded me to pay for the apartment and didn’t give a 60 day notice like they require. I was able to pay my rent until the lease was up but they said I had to continue to pay from the day I told them I was going to move out which was an additional two months. I was not able to pay and was evicted from my apartment after my lease was up. Now I need to get an apartment but I have an eviction on my record and my credit went to crap after I lost my job. What should I do?

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  25. January 05, 2007 at 12:42 pm, Guest said:

    How about a situation where you lived with someone who turned out to be crazy. You tell her and the apartment manager that you have to move out for your own safety. The ex roommate doesn’t pay any more rent, nor does her co-signer. A year later when you try to get an apartment you find out you are on a bad tenant list. Evidentally there was a court action to collect rent and your name was on it. You had no notification at all there was a court proceeding even though the ex roommate knew your address. How do you take care of this?

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  26. January 11, 2007 at 9:50 pm, Guest said:

    Hello, I wish to inquire booking availability in your home for a 2 months Honeymoon surprise wedding package of my God-son which i was unable to attend while on my off-shore field assignment in the Gulf. Check your availability of 2 months vacancy effect in FEB 1 2007 , Confirm availability and get back to me with scheduled date; cost for the period, Security Deposit, Cleaning fees, Tax and any order major services to be rendered, all been totaled, for the couple alone,no pets, neither do they smoke.l will need to conclude this booking early enough ready for them to avoid any inconvenience during there stay.Do have in mind i have a cashier’s Check made out for this purpose,it`s okay to pay with? Regards.
    dr.fred_johnsom@hotmail.com

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  27. January 13, 2007 at 6:42 pm, Guest said:

    ok 1st off you have been a kid b4 i suppose so you should know that it does take time to become an adult and shit happens that sometimes you cannot avoid granteed you are rite that people do take advantage of that excuse and just blow their hard earned cash on useless things but seriously you cannot come on here and post this ego stuff on here stating that you have been perfect from the beginning…and if you were I feel sorry for you and everyone you have met…take the stick out of your butt and live a little. Afterall Rome wasnt built in a day.

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  28. January 13, 2007 at 6:43 pm, Guest said:

    I am rite there with you girl if you need a roommate get back to me cuz i am stuck at my parents house going crazy

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  29. January 13, 2007 at 11:48 pm, Guest said:

    There is so much more to one not being able to pay rent thant “Partying” or “frivolous” spending. Unfortunalty landlords like u have never struggled in life becuase of the silver spoon stuck in ur mouth. Even when the tenant can prove, in court, that it was not their fault, and attempted to work out one month of late rent after 8 months of paying on time and the landlords refusal to work with a tenant, u still have no concious or care. Unfortunately, u can hide behind ur lease and state laws and treat tenants like crap.

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  30. January 23, 2007 at 7:21 pm, Guest said:

    i just tried doing that and they still denied me even though i paid. they said i would be affected for the next 7 yrs.

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  31. January 29, 2007 at 3:12 pm, Guest said:

    When you signed the lease you agreed to pay the rent. When you can not keep your end of the bargain, you should move out

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  32. January 31, 2007 at 4:25 pm, Guest said:

    Landlords like him, worked their way up from the bottom and worked to build the “American Dream”. They can’t pay their bills if you don’t pay your rent and you don’t even know his financial status. Even if he is the richest person in the world, that doesn’t entitle you to have him pay your way in life. I have property with great tenants. As soon as they can’t pay the rent then I will evict them from the premises. Fortunately for me, not only do they pay on time, they are clean and neat. As a rental property owner, they are far and few between. No rent, GET OUT……sorry, move home and if you don’t take care of my property, you cost me when you move, so better that you move now.

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  33. January 31, 2007 at 4:54 pm, Guest said:

    all i can say is your landlord is a total jerk! Especially if he has seen the situation that you are in. U can file charges against him in court for coming into your apartment without letting you know. Well, that’s what happened in Illinois.

    Try and go to some kind of shelter. God bless you

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  34. February 02, 2007 at 6:32 pm, Guest said:

    The landlords I know do not have a silver spoon in their mouth. In most cases, they worked hard for everything they have. The courts are not concerned about excuses. When you sign a contract, you are expected to perform. The same goes for the landlord. Most landlords have numerous expenses including mortgages on their properties. The mortgage company doesn’t care about excuses either. You talk about making 8 payments, well guess what, a mortgage has 360 payments.

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  35. February 06, 2007 at 5:44 pm, Guest said:

    The fair housing act needs to be amended to include discriminatory language regarding poverty.

    It is discrimination to refuse housing to people because of credit. It needs to stop and be made illegal for anyone besides a mortgage company or bank to demand access to another persons credit and social security number.
    ID theft is at an all time high because of this. People are being made homeless in the United States, due to the demand for background and credit checks. The landlords in the past never had access to this, and they stayed in business just fine.

    If Landlords feel they need more protection from tenants they need to seek more protection under the law and demand larger deposits. This credit check crap is just that, it is invasive, pervasive, and serves society very ill. It is a testament of an unforgiving and prejudice mind.

    This blacklist stuff can be challenged in court, and needs to be. If every tenant in the USA began a class action suit, it could successfully be torn down. and needs to be. Where is the ACLU? Never where they need to be, that is for sure. Poverty is being discriminated against and our civil liberties offended and crushed.

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  36. February 07, 2007 at 11:35 am, Guest said:

    Excellent point “Even if he is the richest person in the world, that doesn’t entitle you to have him pay your way in life”. That statement is soooooo true.
    General Motors has more money than I do. Just because they are “rich” does not entitle me (or anyone else) to a free car.

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  37. February 07, 2007 at 11:50 am, Guest said:

    More than likely, depending on your state, the landlord gave you a pay or quit notice. If you don’t leave or pay by the date shown in the notice, the landlord has the right to file for eviction, as he did in your case.
    Safe Rent records show evictions that have been filed, not the outcome of a trial. Many landlords believe that a filing shows that the tenant will likely be a problem in some way.

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  38. February 07, 2007 at 12:00 pm, Guest said:

    If you run into financial trouble, you need to talk with your landlord and move before the landlord files for eviction. Also you need to work out a payment plan. If you just leave or skip, the property manager will place your account for collection, or worse, file a lawsuit for unpaid rent. In either case, your credit will suffer. Most managers will work out a payment plan if you are sincere, honest and follow through with your promises. In no event should you expect anything for free.

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  39. February 07, 2007 at 12:09 pm, Guest said:

    If you are not listed on the lease then you probably don’t have a right to be there. In all states (that I know), a person not listed on a lease can still be evicted. Even a “John Doe” can be evicted. If you are a defendant, then you are likely listed in the UD registry.

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  40. February 07, 2007 at 12:20 pm, Guest said:

    I don’t know of any way to take care of this. When you sign a lease, you are responsible for the payments even if you move out and leave the other people behind. It is up to you to contact the landlord (each month) to find out if the payments are being made. While it is sad your roomate is crazy, it really doesn’t change anything as far as paying rent or evictions.

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  41. February 07, 2007 at 12:38 pm, Guest said:

    If your landlord did something wrong or broke a law, then you should go to court and let the Judge take care of the landlord.

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  42. February 08, 2007 at 9:38 am, Guest said:

    agree right on

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  43. February 10, 2007 at 7:02 am, Guest said:

    Wow, if this apartment is such a horrible place, why did y’all move in? You might not have known about the wiring, but a big ol hole in the wall is kind of hard to miss. You really tried to call your landlord? I will go to a tenants house at 1am if they call and have money for me. Liens on possessions and lockout are illegal in Ohio and I would guess Florida as well. The best way to handle it is to deposit your rent with the local housing court and file a complaint on the lousy landlord. Let the court sort it out and disburse the money properly…. Oh, I forgot, you cannot afford rent. Is your landlord a landlord or the department of jobs and family services. Move to a place you can afford.

    Good luck

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  44. February 10, 2007 at 8:25 pm, Guest said:

    in august of 2004 I signed a 9-month lease and read through it word for word. part of the lease indicated that i would get a credit of x amount of $$ eventhough that amount was more than was verbially agreed upon prior to my signing the lease I figured they knew the amount they put in and signed the lease anyways. a month goes by and I go to collect my credit (by means of a check actually) only to find it wasn’t for the amount specified in the lease. I ask to see a copy of the lease they had in their office just so I could show them the amount I was due (I had re-read my lease the day I went to the office to get the check so I knew exactly what it said). Lo and behold the leases didn’t match at all. Their copy of the lease indicated the lower amount and when I told them I’d just go run and get my lease to show them the person I was talking with got very nervous and went and got the head manager who proceeded to tell me that the amount in my lease was off and they were just giving me what I was owed

    I sat in their office for over an hour trying to get them to explain why they’d changed their copy of the lease and has attempted to tell me that they hadn’t. I told the manager to create a letter explaining that they had indeed changed the lease without my knowledge and had him sign and date that letter, which I kept. A week later I still wasn’t happy so I wrote them a 30-day notice and delivered it to them. In it I stated their breaking the lease as the reason for my leaving. Over the next 30 days I heard nothing from them and I moved out. I heard nothing from them until late 2005 when I was reviewing my credit history and found a collection on it from them in the amount that would have been paid through 9 months of the lease.

    aren’t landlords/management companies as responsible for living up to the terms of a lease as much as tenants are? I don’t really have the time to have this taken care of through an attorney, but just knowing that what I did didn’t break any laws is good enough for me.

    anyone know at all?

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  45. February 11, 2007 at 2:55 pm, Guest said:

    i want to say something i had a landlord that would not fix a huge leaking hole in roof that was dripping into my electric stove she was a slum lord like most and wanted to half fix everything we moved out no money was owed to her at all she filed a eviction after we moved out and ofcourse we did not respond so we are now black listed i have three children and didnt need them electricuted so i will say this LANDLORDS ARE JUST AS BAD SOMETIMES AS TENANTS..YOU WANT GOOD TENANTS THEN FIX YOUR RENTALS…

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  46. February 12, 2007 at 11:01 am, Guest said:

    You bring up several interesting points:

    You mention poverty and fair housing. People who truly are in poverty have several assistance plans available to them. The most well known is section 8. Under most of these programs, the credit report is not used to qualify a tenant.

    Discrimination has to do with race, color, religion, etc. It is not descrimination to refuse credit or housing on the ability to pay (or not to pay). It is unlikely the Supreme Court will agree with you. If they did, what do you think will happen to rent prices? I can tell you, prices will go up dramatically to cover the losses from people who don’t pay. How will higher rents help those in poverty?

    You incorrectly mention that landlords never had access to credit reports. Landlords always had access to credit reports under the law. ID theft is not caused by Landlords.

    You claim your proposed changes are to help people who live in poverty. How does your suggestion of higher security deposits help them?

    The “blacklist” is factual public legal information. The truth should be made available to everyone.

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  47. February 13, 2007 at 8:09 am, Guest said:

    First I’m a little bit confused about the different leases. Does their copy of the lease have your signature on it? Does your copy of the lease have the manager’s signature on it?

    Second, an error in itself, does not cancel the lease. They may owe a credit only if such amount was agreed to in writing. Verbal agreements become difficult to enforce and courts will generally need more than just your say so.

    I think you should have consulted with an attorney to find out your rights. You mention the expense of an attorney’s services. But in reality, a consultation would have been far cheaper than moving and the resulting bad credit.

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  48. February 26, 2007 at 7:08 pm, Guest said:

    Spoken like a true republican

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  49. March 05, 2007 at 5:25 pm, Guest said:

    I live in low income housing, I pay 1,000 a month! I’ve been trying to ‘get out’ for 2 years but the credit bureau has an alleged judgment against me from my housing landlord, she admits we never went to court and she admits she was out of town the day we allegedly went to court but she just laughs and says this can’t be the reason that they won’t rent to me and there’s nothing she can do about it. I’ve had the credit bureau investigate but the housing blew it off – I work full time ($45,000/year) as a nurse for disabled children and I suported my 4 children myself. For those of you without sympathy let me tell you, not all of us in housing projects are loosers or users – but we most certainly are treated as such. Yes, there should be laws against discrimination of ‘poor’ people – oh that’s right, there are (but no one cares because the ‘poor’ are nothing)

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  50. March 07, 2007 at 5:00 pm, Guest said:

    You sound like an a—— landlord or a slumlord.

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  51. March 08, 2007 at 4:03 pm, Guest said:

    I have NEVER missed a payment on my rent and now my mortgage. I’m 27 years old….and I have ALWAYS been at least responsible enough to pay for the things I contracted to pay for.

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  52. March 14, 2007 at 8:13 am, Guest said:

    This is GREAT. Good credit has many advantages, as you have found out over the years. You can enjoy homeownership, low interest rates, great deals on car loans, lower insurance premiums, even greater employment opportunities….. The list goes on and on. Keep up the good work !

    The truth is, bad credit is very expensive in the long haul. The sad part is that those affected don’t even know it.

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  53. March 14, 2007 at 8:29 am, Guest said:

    If there is a Judgment against you, you need to pay it. Not going to court was a big mistake because the Judge did not hear your side of the story. Also, if you would have gone, and the Landlord didn’t show, you probably could have asked for a dismissal. Depending on which State and other factors, a plaintiff may not be required to go, or may ask for a summary Judgment. I suspect this is what happened.

    Once a Judgment is entered and the time period for appeal has passed, there is nothing that can be done. You should probably talk to an attorney as Judgments do not go away until paid.

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  54. March 15, 2007 at 8:17 am, Guest said:

    Your response implies that you think it’s OK not to pay rent. How many landlords would stay in the rental business if rent was optional? None, they would all sell their properties. Then there would be no places left to rent. Those who can’t buy would be homeless.

    It appears you don’t like landlords, but you would be living in the street if you couldn’t find one. Think about it.

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  55. March 15, 2007 at 7:50 pm, Guest said:

    It makes no difference if the landlord is a jerk. Rent is still due. Wouldn’t it be nice not to pay people who you think are jerks. Let’s see, I think the electric company is jerky, so I won’t pay the bill. I think the car finance company will be jerky next month, so I guess I can skip a payment. Oh, the doctor was a jerk, that gives me a legal right not to pay him either.

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  56. March 16, 2007 at 12:20 pm, Guest said:

    Section 8 is a joke. There are no time limits on section 8 so once you get on you can stay on forever. The waiting list is several years long and is often closed. There is so much fraud it’s stupid. I knew people when I was living in low income housing who were using section 8 for no good reason. Their daughter lived in the two bedroom apartment alone and they lived elsewhere under an illegal sublet. Section 8 pays like six hundred dollars a month for this. Their daughter collects SSI for her “disability”.

    Lanlords should be able to protect themselves. It’s their property it’s their right. However lanlords should be under more “supervision” and fined when they violate people rights. Many low income people pay their rent with money orders. Many lanlords take advantage of them not knowing any better and not having every single reciept ever. They make themselves unavailable to write rent reciepts and then say pay me rent you already paid or get out. If you are paid by the hour you can’t afford to miss several days of work to sue for 700 bucks so you leave and lose your deposit for “unpaid” rent. It’s a poor persons word against a sheisty property management company. Why don’t they punish these people?

    Blacklisting should be illegal. You can’t blacklist people against employment and you shouldn’t be able to do so against housing. To many people are wrongly evicted and too poor to do anything about it. If you want to know wether someone has been sued you go to the court house and find out yourself.

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  57. March 17, 2007 at 9:46 pm, Guest said:

    There was not a judgment against me – when I presented my case and all that I had to back it up the Housing Authority made a change on my credit report – now it indicates the judgement was satisfied but they gave the date of my complaint as the date it was satisfied which was a year later – the only reason I found out that this existed on my report was because it showed up when I went to apply for a new apartment! There never was a judgment – there never was a court date!

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  58. March 17, 2007 at 10:01 pm, Guest said:

    You sound like a complete jerk – I only hope that you find yourself in an unfortunate situation – someone needs to knock you off your high horse – what you wish unto others may be returned to you – Karma

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  59. March 17, 2007 at 10:02 pm, Guest said:

    That’s because he is one!!

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  60. March 19, 2007 at 7:54 am, Guest said:

    If you think you have a valid point, take it to court. Tell the Judge you’re not paying because the person is a jerk.

    I bet if your employer had a run of bad luck and couldn’t pay your wages, you would not work for free. More than likely you would be the first to complain. People like you think everyone owes them, but when it comes to paying your own way, any excuse will do. I’m sure your credit report shows your attitude.

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  61. March 19, 2007 at 8:00 am, Guest said:

    He is right. A contract is a contract and those rents should be paid or the people should move. If you have real trouble see the social services for help.

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  62. March 19, 2007 at 8:13 am, Guest said:

    You are EVIL for wishing bad luck. If doing the right thing (paying what is owed) is a high horse- then you are an EVIL THIEF.

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  63. March 19, 2007 at 3:23 pm, Guest said:

    OK, don’t pay your bills. See if I care. The car finance companies love people like you. They will charge you a 28% interest rate or offer you a “lease” where you can’t determine how much you are paying in finance charges. Meanwhile, “the jerk” gets the 0% and 3% car loans.

    I’d rather be a jerk anyday, it’s cheaper.

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  64. March 20, 2007 at 7:05 pm, Guest said:

    I agree section 8 has several serious issues.

    In regard to dishonest property managers, there are some out there. There may be other issues too, such as poor accounting. But this is not just limited to landlords. There are many major banks and other financial institutions that are corrupt and are unable to account for money properly. The best way to handle this is to never pay cash. Money orders can be a real hassle and time consuming to trace. Perhaps the best solution is a low cost checking account or a cashier’s check drawn on a local bank. This way proof of payment can be had quickly.
    Blacklisting and wrongful eviction probably in part have to do with the accounting issues mentioned. Proof of payment will go a long way in a courtroom. Tenants should protect themselves by always paying with a traceable instrument.

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  65. March 23, 2007 at 9:39 am, Guest said:

    The blacklist IS NOT FACTUAL public legal information. It’s funny that you would publicize your ignorance. Maybe someday it will happen to you and then you may understand.

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  66. March 25, 2007 at 11:09 am, Guest said:

    Aside from being fired suddenly, most financial problems can be seen coming weeks, sometime months, in advance. I can attest to the effectiveness of keeping in touch with the folks I owe money to. I have been able to ask for, and get, elimination of late and overlimit fees on my credit cards and bank accounts simply by keeping all these folks informed of my troubles. I have also foung that telling everyone what I’m doing, even week to week if I feel necessary, plus what I intend to do to get back on payment schedule is often enough to keep me in their good graces. In many conversations with CSR’s, I’ve discovered that they are authorized to be flexible with customers who try their best to either pay their bills or work out some arrangement, in addition to keeping the creditor informed. I was ignorant, once, and did what many people do, bobbed and wove my way to try to avoid bill collection. It didn’t work and when I discovered that and tried the alternative, life became far easier. Oh, and keeping a log book of debts and phone numbers, by the way, is essential. Taking note of who you call, when and a brief synopsis of the bill discussed helps jog everyone’s memory if it has to be discussed again. Plus, you can always ask that notes regarding the conversation be placed in your file as well, which helps later referral.
    Plan your life, don’t let someone do it for you; you won’t like the result, generally.

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  67. April 02, 2007 at 8:47 am, Guest said:

    EVICTION FILINGS (unlawful detainers) ARE public information. UD registry, commonly known as the “black list”, uses information from the courts.
    Your attitude is not helping yourself or anyone else. If I said “it’s OK not to pay rent and no one should be able to find out”, you would probably approve.
    Perhaps you should consult with a private attorney for your legal troubles. What will you do if your attorney says something you don’t like?

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  68. April 02, 2007 at 8:56 am, Guest said:

    I would check with the courthouse and see if there is a Judgment against you. If not, write a letter to the credit bureau disputing the existence of a Judgment. They will investigate and remove it from your files if it cannot be verified.
    Now, collection items are different, no Judgment is required for placement in credit files.

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  69. April 20, 2007 at 2:47 pm, Guest said:

    I was blacklisted for a house my mother was evicted from when I wasn’t even living there. That’s thorough accuracy for ya.

    The landlord who evicted her had every legal right to do so. I could make excuses from here until Sunday about how harsh I felt he was considering the fact that my father had just died. But he was a jerk who paid the neighbors to break into the backyard and spy into the back window to see how clean the house was. He told my mother that she was a lazy b*tch who deserved to have her husband die. One day when I was visiting he just “popped” in to inspect the house to see if there were any dirty dishes in the sink. I stood up to him and told him exactly what I thought of him. Now I am blacklisted.

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  70. April 23, 2007 at 3:11 pm, Guest said:

    For whatever it’s worth,I feel to refuse a dwelling in low income housing based on poor credit is not right. While this may not fall under the guidelines of “discrimination” it certainly reeks of un-human treatment. I will also concede there may be some circumstances that show a clear dis-regard to pay ones bills,but there are many people who find themself un-able to pay bills because of medical &/or physical reasons that does not allow one to work. Those people above all need low income housing to be in a position to begin to clear up their credit issues. Section 8 is a help if you are able to wait the lengthy time to have your name come to the top. What is one to do in the meantime? Maybe sleep under a bridge? If a person has minor children they share custody of,the situation is made even more difficult. Yes, I am speaking of a real live persons current delima. A request for a hearing was offered & the proper paper work done & in a timely fashion. A date for a hearing was set,then on the day of,had to be re-schedueled. Two weeks so far & no word on a new date.

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  71. April 25, 2007 at 4:39 am, Guest said:

    It’s because of the potential of terrible tenants like all of your that I refuse to own rental property anymore. There are those of us that take very good care of their properties, make them safe, well-kempt, and well decorated (putting in personal time and sweat to garden and make them an enjoyable place for our tenants to live). Still, you expect something for free. Next time you think of the hard financial times that tenants are in, think of all the landlords that are getting less in rent than what they pay in mortgages, or the thousands of dollars it takes to repair an apt when a deadbead tenant trashes the place then moves out, or the people who make a living by attempting to rent then sueing when they are turned down for legitimate reasons (and yes, not paying your bills in the past is a legitimate reason to think you might not pay your bills in the future … think about it). Because of this, only those landlords who are real hard-assed business people will stay in this business, with no care for the condition of the property or the living condition of their tenants. By expecting handouts and not treating landlords fairly, you’re reducing the pool of remaining landlords to the range around slumlords. Good riddance to all of you I say. I’ll stick my money in the stock market and save the stress of having to worry about all this crap.

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  72. April 29, 2007 at 4:17 pm, Guest said:

    You do not have to be living at the property to have an eviction suite filed against you. If you Signed the lease OR, are listed as an occupant, OR had access to the property, OR had personal possessions at the property, then an eviction can be filed.

    If you did not fall into any of those categories, you should have gone to court and explained the situation to the Judge.

    If people were breaking in to the yard (I assume forcible entry, as that is the definition of “breaking in”), you should have called the police.

    In eviction cases, The Judge is not concerned with name calling. The question at issue is purely money.

    Perhaps you will find a more suitable place in the future.

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  73. April 30, 2007 at 3:47 pm, Guest said:

    There are many landlords exiting the rental business. I think this trend will continue. The big apartment management corporations, generally want nothing to do with tenants with substandard credit.

    You see lots of bad tenants complaining here. The fact is they face a very real possibility of being homeless in the future. Since many of these people don’t care about the future, they will probably get mad at the suggestion of paying the rent on time…The bottom line is, don’t take housing for granted.

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  74. May 01, 2007 at 8:43 am, Guest said:

    We are also seeing that trend too. Just look on this board. Some people think they are entitled to housing despite their past history of not paying rent. With smaller landlords selling their properties and cashing out, that leaves the apartments to fill the void. Since demand for apartments is high and getting higher, they will only rent to those will good to excellent credit.

    The days of bad tenants hopscotching from one rental to another is coming to a close. And I agree, some of these people will be homeless or will have to move in with parents or relatives.

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  75. May 05, 2007 at 10:03 am, Guest said:

    Every state has procedures for making a landlord repair items that are a threat to safety. The correct procedures of your state must be followed. You should contact legal aid, an attorney, or the city building department for assistance.

    In many states however, you are not entitled to repairs if you are delinquent in your rent. In such cases the law considers you illegally occupying the property, therefore you cannot claim your rights as a tenant.

    Sometimes a tenant will only complain about a problem when they are unable to pay. They use this as an excuse for not paying. The courts are wise to this illegal technique and will grant an eviction.

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  76. May 11, 2007 at 1:10 pm, Guest said:

    Unfortunately, there are circumstances such as medical problems, loss of jobs etc. that dictate the reason a tenant is unable to pay rent. I resent your attitude about people who do not pay rent. I have always payed my rent on time. Unfortunately, I fell on hard times due to medical problems which cost me a high paying job. I contacted the landlord, and tried to rectify the situation, PRIOR TO THE EVICTION. An agency was willing to pay the rent while I was making the transition back into the work force, but she refused to sign a single document. It was the landlord’s disposition that landed my family homeless. LANDLORDS HAVE A HIGHER THAN GOD DEMEANOR when it comes to tenants. We pay your mortgage, yet you have a tendency to treat tenants as second class citizens. I’ll tell what what your problem is – pure unadulterated ego tripping. Some people should not been given positions in life that govern others lives; as they do not know how to handle the power. Blacklisting, makes innocent children homeless who do not deserve to victimized by the system or greedy individuals. Everyone deserves a second chance. I am willing to speculate than more than half the people blacklisted are single parents who are struggling in the first place. No-one has the right to prevent someone from obtaining housing. ONCE AGAIN, YOU LANDLORDS ARE NOT GOD!!!!!! Without us you would not have a business. RETHINK YOUR ATTITUDE.

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  77. May 22, 2007 at 7:24 pm, Guest said:

    I lived in an apartment and paid my rent on time every month for 8 years. The landlord sold the property and the new owners gave all the tenents notice that they had to move out. I moved into a new apartment and everything was fine for 8 months. Then I needed emergancy surgery for appedicitis. I had complications after surgery and could no longer work. The amount the state was willing to pay me for dissability was insufficient to pay my rent and still be able to eat not to mention covering the medical bills. I tried to work it out with my landlord. I told them I would move out immediatly and that they could keep my 2 months security. then i would only owe 2 monthes rent. I asked if i could pay the 2 monthes in half payments over 4 months that way the landlord would not lose any money. They laughed at me said they would not make paymet agreements took my security and took me to court where a payment “agreement” was set up. Now I am healthy and because of them i can not get an apartment with out a cosigner and my reputation is ruined. Good people with excellent payment histories get sick sometimes and these things should not affect them forever

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  78. May 26, 2007 at 9:43 am, Guest said:

    You are an absolute idiot!!!!! Most landlords are not rich and if you think that someone is going to turn over a $300,000 – $600,000 piece of property to you without a credit check you are crazy, and if people like you succeed in changing the law, that is where the real violation of rights will be. The property owner had to go through screening to purchase it! You want to use property, purchased by anothers hard work, then earn it with good habits. Owners have an absoute right to make sure that you will not cause them debt or damage, dickwart.

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  79. May 27, 2007 at 9:29 am, Guest said:

    I agree completely. Some people think they are “entitled” to housing with a history of not paying rent.

    I say, let them change the law. Then there will be no rentals available (owners will sell out). Their only option will be to buy a property or live with family/friends. Let them go tell the bank they are entitled to a mortgage despite their history of not paying their bills.

    The motive here is all to obvious. That person wants to get into a property, not pay the rent, and move to another property after they are evicted. They intend to repeat this process time and time again. This way they get discounted or free rent. I would say this person is of low character and expects a free ride.

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  80. May 27, 2007 at 9:51 am, Guest said:

    The landlord’s attitude has nothing to do with anything.

    If you sign a contract and don’t pay, you will see the ugly side of personalities. It just doesn’t stop there. If you don’t make your car payment, it will be repoed. If you don’t pay the electric bill, it will be shut off. Well, the same thing goes for rent. If you don’t pay, you will be evicted. You cannot make or expect the landlord or anyone else to agree to your changes in the terms of a contract.

    You mention that you had a high paying job. Perhaps you should have purchased the proper medical and disability insurance. There are numerous policies that cover rent and other expenses during an illness. The cost is minimal.

    I have a strong suspicion we don’t have the full story.

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  81. June 07, 2007 at 4:42 pm, Guest said:

    Where do I find this blacklist?? I have a tenant I need to put on it.

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  82. June 29, 2007 at 6:16 pm, Guest said:

    I understand the whole blacklist and the feeling of unfairness, however, I am a landord and it is very difficult to foresee how a renter may or may not work out, a list such as this can certainly help weed out the bad renters.
    I just went through really “bad tenants” that i would never wish on anyone. They took advantage of the law to an extreme. No matter what I did for them they were still a burden to deal with. One of them even hurt another one and after going to the police with allegations of this and that nothing was done and I was still unable to evict the person with the fear of later on being sued!

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  83. July 06, 2007 at 9:47 am, Guest said:

    I need to information, too. The people that are renting my home should not be permitted to erect a cardboard box in a trash dumpster!

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  84. July 08, 2007 at 2:48 pm, Guest said:

    My fiancee and I signed a lease for 12 months in october he was suddenly fired. We informed the landlord and she said to pay as much as we could and just pay it off within the month. So we did this until February when I suddenly lost my job. we again informed the landlord and the same was said. then in april she took us to court to evict us. Well my fiancees asvab test was that day so we couldnt go. Now they suspended his license indefinately because we dont have the money to pay what can I do?

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  85. July 14, 2007 at 3:38 pm, Guest said:

    Then there are those ruthless (take your money even though the tenant did everything to get it back and by the way “paid on time” so it works both ways. The landord rips you off in rent and takes your deposit. That is the way it really goes.

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  86. July 14, 2007 at 3:48 pm, Guest said:

    How about the ones who are paying and the landlord finds every which way possible to rip the tenant off? I mostly have seen it that way. The security deposit is not for rent but why waste time cleaning and paying for carpet cleaning when the landlord is going to take that deposit no matter what. Who has time to take them to court? It absolutely works both ways and you know it is true. Texas is one of the worst states to favor landlords.

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  87. July 14, 2007 at 4:16 pm, Guest said:

    i think some of the landlords are right on here all though people do have finacial problems and it is there responsability to pay for the contract you signed for. what is my problem to pay rent for months i dont live in someones rental my fault your to sorry to be able to get another tenat not my fault i dont agree with that but as said if you cant pay get out but forget getting paid for something im not occuping
    because and i know people do leave place destroyed my friend is a highly respected realestae agent were i live and i have seen the damage bad tentants can do i had to clean up the messes so i dont think its all fare but in some cases neccisary

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  88. July 14, 2007 at 4:26 pm, Guest said:

    in florida it is illegal for your landlord to enter your home without proper notice you can sue him also he cannot lock you out that is also illegal

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  89. July 15, 2007 at 9:30 pm, Guest said:

    I just helped my elderly father evict a tenant. This tenant owed my father $5000 in rent and did $5000-10,000 worth of damage, including kicking in nearly every door in the apartment (during fights with and between people she had living in the apartment without permission, and who were not on the lease). She destroyed a new carpet in less than one year. When this was replaced she destroyed the replacement carpet within the next year (he foolishly allowed her to stay after she assured him that her unstable daughter-in-law, no longer on the premises, had done all the damage. This was a lie.). She signed a lease that stated in absolute terms that no pets were allowed. She brought in a dog and cat. When my father found out he asked how she could have done that to him. Rather than being contrite, apologetic, and repentant, her reply was “Oh, they’re OK”. These animals tore away at the carpet and destroyed the blinds throughout the house (she discarded the blinds to hide the damage). Apparently leases and contracts don’t apply to her. The police were dispatched multiple times in response to domestic disputes involving her and/or her unauthorized co-occupants. When my father had had enough, he asked her to leave voluntarily. She refused, requiring my father to spend the money,time, and effort to take her to eviction court. During her court hearing I sat with my father for an hour waiting for the case to be heard, sitting through every case on the court’s list. The tenant had appeared briefly and then left. Ten minutes before the court session ended, she re-entered the courtroom with a public defender and a tenant’s rights advocate. They wanted my father to sign a document declaring the eviction settled, rather than having her evicted as the result of a judgement (to make it look better on her credit report). The officers of the court then pressured my father to make a quick decision and lectured him about how precious the court’s time was. My father was tired and signed the agreement, and did get her out of the apartment, but the whole process was a travesty. Although he did nothing wrong, he was victimized by a destructive tenant who returned his mercy with lies and contempt, and ended up being bullied by a legal system and misguided tenants advocates who to tried to protect the guilty tenant. A week or so after the trial, we found that she had received inheritance money and had just purchased a car worth more than what she owes my father.

    In this case, fairness and justice were trampled by naive and misguided activists and the guilty tenant prevailed with no consequences for her contemptuous behavior, and absolutely no remorse.

    I’m very impressed by the lofty liberal rhetoric in defense of proletarian tenants who never do wrong. Perhaps you’d care to be financial liable for them. If you’d care to leave your name and address, I’ll send you the bill. Otherwise, perhaps you and the ACLU can come help me repair the damage she did. Surely enlightened people like yourselves must be anxious to correct this injustice.

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  90. August 29, 2007 at 1:17 am, Guest said:

    I had an apartment with my ex. We ran into some financial problems. We ended up spending the rent money on some doctor bills for me. I’m looking to get an apartment now, what is it that needs to be done

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  91. October 02, 2007 at 1:57 pm, Guest said:

    And somehow this credit report has become the measure of a man.
    “Think that everyone owes them?”
    Are you kidding?
    Landlords swear they are put through such hardships.

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  92. October 02, 2007 at 2:08 pm, Guest said:

    YOU KNOW SOMETIMES LIFE CAN SEND YOU A CURVE BALL,YES WE ALL SHOULD PAY OUR BILLS NO MATTER WHAT, BUT IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A MESS LIKE MINE, IT’S VERY HARD.I AM A VICTIM OF IDENITY THEIFT SOMEONE GOT AND APARTMENT IN MY NAME ANE A BUNCH OF OTHER THINGS. NOW ME AND MY KIDS HAVE TO LIVE IN A HOTEL HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A YEAR NOW TELL ME THE FAIRNESS IN THIS.I PAY MY RENT ON TIME EVERY WEEK FOR 2 ROOMS I PAY $2,000 A MONTH THIS IS CRAZY AND NO ONE WILL GIVE ME A CHANCE

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  93. October 07, 2007 at 4:44 pm, Guest said:

    What do you do if it’s your roommate who doesn’t do her part and you are joint tenants? I just moved half a country away and knew I wouldn’t be making much money so I had to go the roommate route. I found one but didn’t meet her until we were in the same apartment. Two months later, she hasn’t paid a cent, has all sorts of problems she never told me about until after we signed the lease, won’t sign me off the lease because I’ve been the one paying for everything and is a regular ole con really. If I stop paying her way, it’ll come back on my credit. If I just pay my half of the rent and she defaults and I ask the landlord to evict her – well – that means I get evicted too which comes back on me. I make my payments promptly and all my other bills and payments are paid on time or ahead of time.
    Don’t really know how to get out of this situation but there comes a time when you have to stand up for yourself and stop letting people use you. I’m at that point.

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  94. October 25, 2007 at 11:05 pm, Guest said:

    i am a mother whit 2 child and iam in UD, what happen was i was living minneapolis puplic housing for the last 9years i give my appartment keys to my cousen and they told me that i broke the rule for mph attornity now i cane fineded plaze becouse iam in UD

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  95. November 01, 2007 at 5:12 pm, Guest said:

    Judgment on my credit report…
    I had a roommate whom I lived with for 1 year. I signed over the lease the day our lease would be up to another female she found online. I signed the form at the rental office, handed over my keys and gym gard. I was officially and in writing no longer a tenant at that apartment complex. Well 2 years and 3 months later, i just so happened to check my credit report for this month which I do every month and I saw something suspect. I had a PUBLIC RECORD “JUDGMENT” from the District Court by the apartment complex. Whats funny it didnt say individual account it said “JOINT ACCOUNT” so my name was still on the lease for 2 years. The amount filed for was $777. These chicks moved out in July the month it was filed and didnt pay everything, but thats besides the point. My name was on a lease for an apartment building I signed over 2 YEARS AGO. Im trying to buy a house and Im getting married next year so now I have a negative mark on my credit report. Oh and BTW the apartment company cant find the records as of today so Im still waiting to here from them. This is too stressful and I dont know what to do. I faxed a letter to the headquarters, managment and corporate. IF i dont hear anything by tomorrow at least Im taking it to small claims court. I dont know what else to do. Im the victim of fradulent reporting on my credit report but they dont seem to care. My old roomie had the nerve to say well is it on her report? I dont care i havent lived there and I dont have responsibility as to what they owe. I wish it was an easier way to get this taken off cause Im afraid it wont come off until 2014 as its stated on my report eventhough it doesnt belong to me. how fast can can the credit companies erase something from your report?

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  96. November 04, 2007 at 1:19 am, Guest said:

    if your lease said you were owed a $$$ credit and it had the managers signiture on it, but the copy they had showed they only owed you $$ and had your signiture on it, and you have that letter then GO TO A LAWYER! you could probley get a decent settlement from them for 1) breaking the lease 2) putting a false collections on your credit, and 3) all the problems youve encountered because of this.

    yes they broke the lease first, so your in the clear…a mistake in a written contract is still a written contract! any judge will see it that way

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  97. November 20, 2007 at 1:00 am, Anonymous said:

    You probably don’t need to do anything. If you feel compelled to take action start with getting a copy of your credit report to see if you still owe anyone money from debts during that time period. Pay them if you can.

    Most apartment communities utilize third party verification services such as SafeRent to qualify their applicants. These third party companies use a hightly advanced statistical program to rate your creditworthiness and your likelihood to pay your rent on time. This information is gathered from places like your credit report and it’s based on your entire history. If this was truly an isolated incident and can, you might not have a problem getting approved for a new apartment.

    David Kotowski
    Handle It! Marketing
    handleit.info

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  98. December 01, 2007 at 6:46 am, Guest said:

    The reason Landlords rent properties, is to make money. Its an investment, and like any other investment has its risks. But over time Real Estate is one of the BEST investments there is.

    Whilst, there are many good Landlords, there are many very very bad landlords.

    Learn your rights, use your rights against the Bad Landlords. They only get away with it, with those that allow it.

    But dont expect to be able to NOT pay your rent. Everyone must pay there bills, or suffer the consequences

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  99. December 06, 2007 at 8:42 pm, Guest said:

    There is one solution to this problem.

    First, Landlords and tenants must tell the truth.

    Just saying that a tenant owes rent is not enough. I been to the court and seen the long lines of people who did not pay their rent. This is a hidden system to keep poor people in bad neighborhoods. If a landlord does not show up he/she can return back without penatly, but if a tenant does not show up its an eviction for her/him.

    Now, People do not pay for many reasons. But if landlords have tenants who pay slow, that is what it should say on the report. If they have tenants who broke objects in the apartments; proof should be given.

    There is no agency for tenants to post about landlords and it is not a credit card. It is someone’s life. Money can be replaced, but not a life.

    Yes, tenants should pay. Some do, some don’t and need to grow up. But if credit card companies gives time before you go to a collection agency; why can’t a landlord be truthful in the report.

    If a bad credit report can go away after several years, why can’t blacklists. (Because its a hidden system) Forget about rent going up–it’s all ready up! Forget about why people did not paid. Don’t render evil for evil remember, it can be you. No one is promise a fruitful life.

    This has nothing to do with angry, selfish tenants. People change– from bad to good and good to bad.

    All that matters if tenants were paid what is totally owed and landlords provide good living condition. After that, wash your hands and give it to someone else because the situation could be different.

    For landlords: you should file a report only if you were not paid and/or the apartment was left in bad condition. If you had ups and down–leave it alone if the situation worked out in court. All that matters if you received total payment

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  100. December 30, 2007 at 10:28 pm, Guest said:

    Did you ever receive a reply to your question? Please note that if you file a dispute to this item with the credit reporting service, the former landlord must respond within a certain amount of time to prove their claim. If they can’t do that then by law, it must be removed from your credit file. That’s the good news! Check with the credit reporting agency. If it’s on more than one report, dispute it on each and every one of them. Good luck!

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  101. December 30, 2007 at 10:35 pm, Guest said:

    Dispute this item on your credit report and see if you can get it removed that way.

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  102. January 15, 2008 at 7:49 pm, Guest said:

    I have watched as my 76 year old neighbor is going through the eviction process. She is the landlord. The first mistake I told her she made; she was their friend instead of acting as their landlord. They took advantage. Bringing in two more people to live there during this whole ordeal. They never switched the electric over as agreed on. Yes, she trusted them, and gave them the key before they showed proof that the electric was switched over. I’m disgusted on how they treated her. Their lying, has been disgusting. She has to pay all the bills! Amd NO one is helping her, it’s just her! She goes nowhere…she couldn’t suspend their cable tv….so she let hers go because she couldn’t afford both. This is just disgusting! I am so furious! And I can’t do anything for her…such a shame that americans are doing this and don’t really feel they are doing anything wrong….and I don’t want to hear about what the renter must be going through!!! They are expecting her to PAY for them!! No excuse!! Live if your fricken car!!!! Be a fricken adult and take responsiblities for your actions!! Do you think our soldiers are living in friggen luxury! I an sooooo mad…she had her nephew come stay with her because she is afraid….how friggen sad…I’m sorry for rambling…I think I feel better…

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  103. January 21, 2008 at 9:27 am, Guest said:

    If the apartment rental agency claims they cannot find the paperwork you have a cause for action against them if they refuse to remove this from your credit record. Fact is once you notify them of a dispute they and the credit reporting agency(If you gave them notification of dispute) have 30 days to prove it is correct. If they do not they must remove it. (30 Days)If not you may take them to court and get money through your action. Unfortunantly it takes time. You need to really watch even the big three reporting agencies. Sometimes what they say and what they actually did seem to be two different things. Too many employees and not enough oversight.You are right in assuming they do not care. I recommend to everyone that they get their free yearly credit report from all three agencies each year. You may be surprised by how inaccurate they are. I once had a person with my same name in another part of the US getting their bad marks on my credit report. It too took time but it was taken off. They are not suppose to use name alone but they do and to this day it continues. Until our suppossed leadership in Washington puts some tougher standards in place we will see this practice continue. It should be a automatic fine of $10000.00 levied against the the offender. That is the way you get their attention. When you eat into profits they will follow the rules.

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  104. January 21, 2008 at 9:34 am, Guest said:

    OMG, I sure hope she can get things rolling.
    Please drop an idea to her – Has she tried to FILE a FORMAL EVICTION NOTICE to her so called Frenzz ? wth ?
    Her nice nephew, can and should go to the courthouse in person and get the necessary papers to file a formal eviction. Just ask the county clerk how can he/she /they file a formal eviction ? just to get the ball actually rolling.
    Next she could file a RESTRAING order / Protective order but.there are stipulations for this. so google and research the needed requirements to QUALIFY for htis.
    Both of these stpes will take approx. 30- reallistically 45 days to process and record in the courts & for a actual JUDGE to SIGN off on them as well can be within 10 days for a restraining order / protective order. (these orders prevent these tenants from coming within 100 yards of her (76 y.o. landlord) and if they do then she calls the police and they can actually ARREST them ! yes, on the spot.
    An eye for an eye here . They are dileberately and intentionally taking advantage of her. Protective orders / Restraining Orders require I believe because at 1 time I was a victim, I FEARED for my SAfety & LIFE, I was threatened and I had a witness to verify this.
    Lastly go to a Real Estate Lawyer and get a free consultation , go to 3 seperate attorneys. The nephew can do all this while tohe 76 y.old can rest if needed.Get 3 free consultations. Also, there is legal aid / free legal assistance sites that offer 20. visits, but I cannot remember the exact site but this should que you in ..get a professional legal opinion! And do it today if poss, this week!
    Lastly, get the electric chopped, the cable chopped, if it is satellite takle the dish down, get their water turned off. It is her property and it is in her name, so legally she should and does have the right to turn off her utilities next door to thoses free loaders. She does not have to say they are tenants..she does not have to offer information to the utility co. she simply gives them the address and tells them a requested time if poss. to do this…when the free loader tenants are NOT at home..if poss.
    Lastly, file a report TODAY with police 1st its a free phone call or she can go down to the station in person and state she fears for her life and fears for her safety and they are threatening to hurt her..and this is why ner nephew must stay with her.Then take this report to the restraing order office ..police can direct her..and fill out the paperwork the same day…judge will read and approve / or disapprove it within 10-20 days..the sooner the better.
    If all 3 items
    ( ( #1 ) Get 3 Free Real estate SPECIALIZED Real estate Attorney advice FREE or for a $20. fee. )
    (#2.. File a police report at the station or if you don’t mind embarrassment they can come to your home..file a report of them threatening to hurt you that you fEAR for your SAFETY!! , this is what they said RIGHT? yes, even her nephew heard it , RIGHT? YES! So make a police report they do need this and file that protective / Restraining ORDER ASAP! )
    (#3 File an Eviction Notice at the county clerks office downtown at courthouse, bring parking cash / bus cash fare / and a lunch could take 2-4 hours so be patient )

    (#3 A – TURN OFF THEIR UTILITIES ! )
    (#3B – REFUSE there mail / do not accept there mail inform Post office they do not live there they are FORMAIL tenats past tense tenants! )

    Be careful , be safe , do not allow those tenants into the home of the landladys, let the POLICE DEAL with them LET the COURTS deal with them. Tell Landlady & nephew to expect retaliation and to be very careful, there care tires leave outside lights on at night and at least 2 in the home at night. Dont leave home if not needed while the tenants are home. Try to leave whren they leave. Keep an eye on them.

    – Just file the eviction paperwork,

    – file a police report /…..T_H_E_N protective / restraining order papers ,

    – see a attorney (real estate attorney in person )

    then in 10-45 days they will be gone for good we hope ( this is the plan).

    Next time get everything in writing , do a background check / AND criminal check even IF they are frenzzz / and A credit background check and GET 3 references! GET 1st and LAst months rent up front / deposit up front…no keys given out until they have 1st and last months rent up front.
    She can even hire a property m,anagement agency at any real estate office the standard fee is 10% each month of the rent but the 1st payment is the 1st months rent they get to keep …big bite…big responsibility but the property management / realtors real estate office know all the ropes to handle this for her.

    We all live and learn.. I wish her very well and she will be fine. She needs to get her nephew and herself going on this right away today if poss. DONT WAIT!!!!

    Good Luck & God Bless
    All in all it is a process

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  105. January 21, 2008 at 9:37 am, Guest said:

    You unfortunantly found how important it is to have a reliable roomate. The one thing you can do is take her to small claims court to get releif. Being a half counrty away makes it difficult but in the long run could save you money. I assume you have a lease with your landlord. When the lease is up notify your landlord 30- 45 days prior to the end that you have moved and will no longer be liable for any further rents due. Let them know this is whether the person staying there moves or not. Also send a letter to the person staying there of the notification to the landlord. make sure they have your complete contact information. The landlord will be reuired to remove you from the lease. The only problem will be then whether the roomate left behind does damage to the unit. You will still be on the hook for damages.

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  106. January 31, 2008 at 6:30 pm, Guest said:

    land lord are blood sucking animals who need to be castrated with gasoline

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  107. February 07, 2008 at 10:23 pm, Guest said:

    Has anyone heard of this site – thetenantlist.com ? I hear it’s created by Landlords to communicate with each other about bad renters…

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  108. February 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve heard of it. It’s a community board for Landlords. Some use it as a rant, but most are sticking to the facts. It’s not all bad – there are good tenants “posted” on there too. There’s also lots of ways to rebut a bad/dishonest posting, including contacting the poster directly and submitting an “Abuse report”.

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  109. February 11, 2008 at 9:07 pm, Guest said:

    FIRST ADVANTAGE SAFERENT INC has —-ed my life. I cannot rent anywhere because of these ————-.

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  110. March 13, 2008 at 6:23 pm, Guest said:

    I am dealing with a landlord that is trying to make me pay for damages that happened after I moved out. I am seeing what the law is to find out how many days she has to send me the itemized list of charges. I can’t find it anywhere. I don’t think I should have to pay for this stuff because some of it is stupid. The state I am in is in Kentucky and if anyone knows the days for the itemized list it would be appreciated.

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  111. March 26, 2008 at 1:03 am, Guest said:

    woopee your up youself

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  112. March 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm, Guest said:

    OK. But where will you live without a landlord? In the street?

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  113. April 09, 2008 at 12:46 pm, Guest said:

    good one.

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  114. April 16, 2008 at 12:45 pm, Guest said:

    FIRST ADVANTAGE SAFERENT INC- Lists a dismissed eviction that should have never been filed because although I lost my job and was unable to pay, I moved out months before the foreclosure sale knowing I couldn’t keep the place. The mortgage originator and servicer both deny filing the eviction, and the law firm listed in the case details won’t return my calls.
    I just mailed off a reinvestigation form today to get it off. If it doesn’t get taken off I will sue. I lost the perfect apartment because of this- and I didn’t even know about it until they denied me.
    If you have been truly evicted I guess my advice would be to get a letter from the landlord in question proving you have completely paid off all debts and compensated them for any damaged property. Signed documentation from the landlord in question goes a long way and it shows you made it right.

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  115. April 19, 2008 at 2:18 pm, Guest said:

    If your on Section 8 can the tenant break the lease agrrement and get a voucher on another house.

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  116. May 01, 2008 at 7:11 am, Guest said:

    why do you say this? I am a aland lord who puts up with all kids of abuse–not just late payments and damage to my unit–why sue when that havent got anything to sue for? to being asulted?

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  117. May 13, 2008 at 6:52 pm, Guest said:

    I agree. Especially steven bolger. he evicted me when I was in jail. what a prick. He was mad because I wouldn’t sleep with him. He claims previous female tennants have accused him of rape. He said there was never any evidence so he didn’t get in trouble. He volunteered the information. was that supposed to be a threat?

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  118. May 13, 2008 at 7:02 pm, Guest said:

    Try calling from a different number, have some one else call if they know your voice, or pretend you are calling because you need thier services to evict some one. when they call hammer them with your questions.

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  119. May 14, 2008 at 11:24 am, Guest said:

    I’m in a sticky situation. I relocated to a State back in 2005 where I rented an apartment in a less than safe neighborhood. My landload was fully aware that I would be late with my rent by 15 days when I accepted a new job making more money. He told me I’d be responsible for the late fees and everything would be fine. Well, the bastard went to court anyway and filed a eviction. I received the court notice to appear in court AFTER I paid the rent owed…the landlord told me I didn’t need to show up for court and to not worry about it since I had paid everything in full. Well, needless to say he did. The judgement is now on my credit report and I’m having all types of troubles having it removed. What do I do? It is prohibiting me from renting elsewhere and I’m really an responsible tenant. SIGH!

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  120. June 15, 2008 at 2:03 pm, Guest said:

    every year the apartments send me an my wife an letter letting us no that our lease is ending an that they would like for us to renew or lease an stay but we have decide to move we pay an credit fee at another apartment they said everything came back good but the apartment manager were we are living at now gave us a bad reveiw saying they will never rent to us again we play loud our radio loud an this is complanit from the down stairs people i told the manger many time to come over an list to the loud radio it was the people on the other side of the apartment they refuse to come down the other apartment did an screening on us an said no what can i do about this i want to take legal action if they donot fix this

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  121. June 19, 2008 at 3:18 am, Guest said:

    Advice for tenants.

    BEFORE moving into an apartment make sure you have an emergency fund in place. You should have AT LEAST 6 months salary saved up in case something bad happens. The more savings, the better. You won’t need to worry about your credit going to hell or an eviction haunting you. This will give you plenty of time to get a job and insurance is also crazy to go without especially if you have kids. When you lived with family and/or friends you SHOULD have done this. It is very simple to do because the household members who all should have jobs or several jobs to share and pay bills. you have very little to pay and some families let you live with them for free. During this time SAVING should be you’re top priority. Don’t use this time to blow your entire paycheck every month on a bunch of nonsense that you don’t need. Also cutting back on all luxery items, no air conditioning, no eating out, no cable, no trips to best buy/toys r us, no shopping for new clothes just use what you have, shop at the dollar store, turn off the cellphones/internet etc…. you can save big money. Use this time to go on a diet and get healthy, killing 2 birds with one stone.

    I have dealt with several tenants who live paycheck to paycheck and had no insurance. They spend whatever they have and blow their income tax money as soon as they get that or any money they get period. It never occured to save the money for a rainy day. Then they tell me, “oh landlord you won’t be getting the rent for a while because I need to buy christmas presents or I decided to quit my job or I need money to buy a truck” or some other excuse. Why don’t people save during the year and plan for christmas presents or ask landlord if it’s acceptable to quit their job? This is not the landlords problem. RENT is first priority and I tell them not paying rent is unacceptable before other things. These other things can wait and rent is due on the due date. I ask them why they have money for a cell phone and other items that aren’t necessities and not for rent? This shuts them up real quick because the roof over their head should be TOP priority. I tell them that rent is due promptly and a 5 day notice will be given so they know you are serious and will evict promptly and not wait around to let them come up with the rent. You should put them on notice right when they move in because they know some landlords don’t want to go to court because it’s a hassle and costs money. Let them know right when they move in you will evict promptly and aren’t afraid of eviction court. The laws are in tenants favor so action needs to be taken because it takes a long process to evict. I will not be chasing people down for the money owed because it’s too hard to collect and the longer you wait the more money you will be out and it’s impossible to collect these days. Many of these people are judgement proof and don’t own anything. It’s very hard to collect,just try it sometime. This is a business and landlords rely on their rental income to pay bills and feed kids. Imagine if you’re employer said you won’t be getting paid because they don’t feel like paying. Most landlords would rather have their property empty than deal with the headache tenants that will cost them more money than it would if it were left empty.

    Previous tenants lived with family, made 50-70 grand a year and saved no money the entire time and took advantage of family until their own family gets fed up. I am just shocked at the people living paycheck to paycheck and don’t have money for rent. One guy was a trucker and made 80,000. many people on social security and public aid could find work or do things to make money if they tried to tackle their debt or start paying their debt even 20 bucks a week from their social security check to make any attempt to get rid of debt. many are overweight, have cell phones, internet and cable. Instead of tackling their debt even 20 bucks a month by using the money from these non essentials they know they are judgement proof so they don’t bother at all. they have no plans to and yet complain.

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  122. June 19, 2008 at 12:26 pm, Guest said:

    1) I have yet to see scientific evidence that this “models” on which the credit system reports scores is true. I have never seen ONE CONTROL study showing that this models are accurate. Considering how many variables have to be consider, I doubt they are.

    2) If you rent, you accept the risk. This system did not exist years ago (before the internet), yet people seemed to make money out of rental properties.

    3) The only reason this screening services exist is because they are marketed to weak-minded, quick-to-discriminate, individuals and management companies WHO DREAM of a perfect tenant, just waiting for them to lease the property, outside of the gates of the screening gates of SafeRent, OnSite, etc.

    4) In many other countries, they check your rental history but not your credit.

    5) You have a deposit and many times, a one month advance in rent, that enables you to cover costs of eviction, and if the market is hot, you can even make money by bringing in a new tenant into the property.

    Credit scoring is not a science. Its a market ploy.

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  123. July 10, 2008 at 11:34 am, Guest said:

    Can you remove there property from the house if they have not paid rent for 2 months and you have given them notice to do so.

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  124. July 10, 2008 at 9:27 pm, Guest said:

    When you first recieve a section 8 voucher you have 60 days to find a place, Then you can get a extension for another 60 days after that if you still havn’t found a place you lose the voucher. In california the director of section 8 is a latino man, so the entire program is geared towards mexicans, And of course they get their vouchers before everybody else and they go and find all the decent apartment units. Then its nothing left but the slums in regard to available apartments upon recieving a voucher.

    I’m forced to just let the dern voucher expire, And the place i currently have doesn’t accept section 8 vouchers although i have a nice place currently i didn’t want to just stay stuck here in this apartment permanantly, They may sale the place or decide to go up on the rent or evict me. That was my purpose for wanting to use the voucher thinking i would have that added crutch if i were ever to fall on hard times atleast i would have a voucher to always move around and find another place.

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  125. July 25, 2008 at 8:07 am, Guest said:

    You seem awfully concerned about your tenants’ weight. I’m guessing you consider food a “luxery” too. You also seem pretty ignorant.

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  126. August 12, 2008 at 12:55 pm, Guest said:

    I was blacklisted for an eviction filed during the grace period in my lease and the case was dismissed for obvious reasons. As SafeRent doesnt care about the people renting (as its the landlord forcing the tenant to pay if they want to rent) they refuse to remove it as they claim the information is accurate that an eviction was filed against me. I have been denied a new appartment because of this multiple times. If your going to report on court cases the LEAST you could do is also report the verdict. There are many people that I know that have been denied because someone with the same name as them was evicted. If you are prevented from getting an appartment they usualy wont even tell you the reason right away. I have been told multiple times that they cant tell you why you were denied, and only if you keep asking repeadly, to the point of threating them with litigation for discrimination (as you could have been denied because of your skin color) do they eventualy tell you.

    If you try to find out what SafeRent has on you, you have to fill out a form giving them stuff like your SS#, previous address bank name a copy of your Drivers License a fee and other stuff. Then they take 30 days to send you what they know about you. Then you can ask them to reinvestigate, which takes another 30 days from the time they recieve it, and then they tell you that all thier records are correct without any validation or verification of how they verified the information or anything. IE your screwed and they dont care about you.

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  127. August 14, 2008 at 11:23 pm, Guest said:

    i rent a house that has severe mold problems and our landlord wont do anything about it!!!
    and we are all getting sick from it my son has been on a resperator for a wk and we are all sick he is finally off of the resperator, but our landlord said that our mold problem wasnt that bad that it was only cosmetic and that he will tear out what looks bad!!!!! ok i took pics the mold is all the way down to the studs and the whole drywall sheetrock and kitchen walls bathroom walls and cabinets need to be torn down, well he then tells me that all that he will do is take a months rent off and put us in a hotel that WE HAVE TO PAY FOR!!!!!!!!!!

    WHERE IS THE RIGHTS FOR US???????
    WHAT CAN I DO TO SAVE US?!!?!
    I CALLED CITY INSPECTOR SHE CAME OUT AND WAS VERY SWEET but she then tells me its against the law to do anything about mold from the city housing inspector!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HELP ME!!!!!!
    IN IOWA

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  128. August 15, 2008 at 10:16 pm, Guest said:

    social security and public aid are not the same thing not even close.

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  129. August 16, 2008 at 4:56 pm, Guest said:

    Man the tenants posting here are pathetic. Who in their right mind would expect ANYONE to cover your debts if you can’t pay regardless of the reason?

    I saw one person complain about getting evicted while they were in jail and another complain about losing their jobs and getting evicted for not paying rent. What do you people expect? Real estate investing is a business just like any other. Investors are not there to be your charity case worker. Does the bank let you keep your car if you don’t pay? Does the electric company let you keep your lights and air conditionor on if you don’t pay?

    You made the decisions that led to you being in the condition you are in. It is childish to blame the landlord and expect him/her to rescue you from your bad decisions.

    We have bills to pay too. Do you realize that it usually costs an investor more to own a property than it would if you owned the property you lived in? Taxes are higher (in many cases), insurance is higher for non-owner occupied, interest rates on mortgages, etc. and I am not even listing the operating costs like advertising, legal (to get you bums out) and defend ourselves against your “I won the lotto” cause I’m suing my landlord lawsuits.

    Bottom line… Grow up. Take responsibility for your actions and own up to the consequences.

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  130. August 16, 2008 at 11:12 pm, Guest said:

    Housing Choice Voucher Discrimination Based On Color, I’m a voucher holder and the apartment building that i applied to, The manager there is giving me the run around purposely so that my voucher will expire. You only get a total of 120 days thats including the extension. And i just sorta have to sit back and watch this happen because the manager is giving me required papper work to return in bits and pieces by way of saying i will make you an apointment for next week to turn this in, To waist more time so that the voucher will for sure expire. The reason i say its based on color, I’m black and when i look around the building at some of the other tenants, So far i have only seen one black lady, The rest are asians hispanics and a select few of whites. I’m just tired of the run around and then i hate to take this issue over the managers head because then i would make things worse, Nobody wants to rent to a person that they feel will be trouble down the line. Its just a horrible situation just knowing you live in a world victimized by a system thats designed to give you a hard time.

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  131. August 16, 2008 at 11:51 pm, Guest said:

    Tenant blacklisting may be unconstitutional since it’s the removal of civil rights without due process of law. It’s certainly wrong.

    Basically, it’s wrong to put ANYONE in the position of not having the basic necessities to earn an income. Housing is one of these necessities.

    It’s very noble to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. But it isn’t to be the person who makes another have to be that noble.

    Instead of letting landlords, who are no better than you except they “own” property (having in some cases lied to a bank to get credit), lecture you on how to be a good person, on how to be “responsible”, call your local, state and Federal representatives and get them to OUTLAW blacklisting.

    Blacklisting of any sort is wrong, because it means that a large and powerful organization is bullying a defenseless individual, whether for being late for the rent, union organization, or whistle blowing.

    Or, in many cases, being a complete a-hole of a tenant or trouble-making at work, sure. But ask yourself: how many landlords were perfect tenants before they became landlords? The fact is, people often accumulate capital by being a-holes who steal tools at work and fail to pay their rent.

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  132. August 25, 2008 at 9:01 am, Guest said:

    i thought it is illegal to deny necessary utilities to your tenant, which puts the landlord in the position of breaching the contract. no?

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  133. August 26, 2008 at 9:01 pm, Guest said:

    i was renting on a 12month lease and got evicted for being 1 week behind in rent after only being there a month or 2. i want to know if a i am blacklisted, only being the forst house i have ever rented i am quite young and have alot of years to still be renting.is there a website i can go on to see?

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  134. October 14, 2008 at 12:02 am, Guest said:

    You can’t be legally evicted for being merely a week late. 30 days is very likely the minimum in all states before a landlord may file for eviction.

    In any case, it sounds like you are already evicted but don’t worry about it – it’s highly unlikely that your future landlord will know about any of those sites. If you go looking you might end up on one of them so best to just make sure that you pay your way going forward.

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  135. October 21, 2008 at 12:24 am, Guest said:

    we are in a terrible economy right now and i don’t think that no one is trying to have a pity party at this point and time i think that ppl should be alot more understanding losing your job is a very big deal.there ahve been many layoffs big mortgage company layoffs and you sit here and try to bash people if you wealthy great for you but not everybody is i had a professor who told me if you did not have 6 months worth of living expenses save you were impoverished there are ppl who live paycheck to paycheck due to loss of spouses,layoffs,deaths,unexpected repairs i think you are an awful person to think they way yo do

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  136. October 27, 2008 at 2:15 am, Guest said:

    I am a apartment manager, and some word of advise is that you should go to your local fair housing office and talk to them. They will try to help you, or they will do an investigation by sending testers out. To see if infact it is discrimination. You can do a test too, if you know someone else who is white or another race with a voucher, ask them to go apply and see if that apartment is giving them the same run around. If they are, then I doubt it is discrimination, but if they do, I would definately report them to fair housing.

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  137. October 27, 2008 at 2:26 am, Guest said:

    I am not the person who posted above, but, I understand about losing your job, I was laid off 3 times since 2001, and now my husband was laid off in January and now it is October and he still has not found gainful employment.

    But, he did find a job making $8.50/hour. While it is not the same as the $35,000/year he used to make, it helps pay the rent, car payments/food etc.

    But, to bash the guy up top, you don’t even know he is rich. He may just be a landlord, and they don’t make that much money trust me. Most work more than 12 hour days and if you figure the salary to the amount of hours worked sometimes it comes out to less than minimum wage!

    But, as an apartment manager, I know what my budget is. I know the expenses that an apartment can make. The company I work for manages for a private owner. So, you have the owners income, the property management’s income, the staff’s income, and then expenses such as repairs, normal employment expeses such as workers compensation, medical, rent, landscaping, advertising, and legal just as the person above stated, the owner of the property really does not make a whole lot on the property.

    Maybe he/she should not have said you all were whiners, but tenants need to understand the cost and expense of running an apartment or condo community.

    The people who come to me mad that I won’t shampoo their carpet or get them new blinds (That they broke) or get the gate that won’t shut fixed today (not tomorrow) need to understand that just as you are suffering in this economy, so is the owner/property management who have to lower rates to get tenants but, the cost of maintaining the units are going up and our budgets are getting smaller.

    Bottom line, is you need to have sympathy as well!

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  138. October 27, 2008 at 2:34 am, Guest said:

    I am not sure about all state laws, but in California you cannot remove any property unless you file an eviction. Then they basically have a period of time that they can pay you. Until this time, you cannot remove their property. When the time is up, their property is basically yours to do with as you please. As a property manager, Usually let them come in for 1 day only and get their stuff. It saves me the time and the money of getting their stuff out.

    You do; however, risk them staying and not leaving. This has not happened so far, so I am not sure what the law is if it does because basically they can be arrested if they are on the property but, I am not sure if me letting them back in would do something to that law.

    I always figured I would deny that I let them back in. It never happened and most are greatful I let them get their stuff back even though many times, there was things I could have sold to get the money they owed the property.

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  139. October 27, 2008 at 2:44 am, Guest said:

    She should evict them, and then next she should put an amendment/addedum into her lease saying they have so many days to transfer utilities into their names. Paying for their cable is crazy, she can have it turned off. It is in her name not theirs. Cable is not a necessity by law. She can’t turn off their utilities but she can definately turn off their cable.

    And if their lease only lists the original tenants on the lease she can have them evicted. Having additional people living in the unit is a breach of their lease. She needs to find an attorney and file the eviction process imediately.

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  140. October 27, 2008 at 2:46 am, Guest said:

    You are correct, you cannot turn off their utilites such as power or water. Because it is a necessity and it is illegal to do so.

    The same with air conditioning. If it was rented with air conditioning, then the air conditioner or heater has to be in working condition. If not, then the tenant has the right to demand rent credit until it is fixed.

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  141. November 02, 2008 at 8:44 pm, Guest said:

    I don’t know where you’re renting, but no property owner I know blacklists anyone unless there were severe and outrageous problems–damage, filth, drugs, multiple “tenants” that weren’t given consent to occupy, bullying the landlord, not allowing the landlord to enter to make repairs including water leaks, being chronically late and complete non-payment of rent. I have spent countless hours, days, weeks, cleaning up after “people” who live like animals. There are plenty of nightmare renters out there who aren’t necessarily screened out by background or credit reports. So until you have an investment as large as a house or apartment complex destroyed by some idiot who thinks he/she has the right because they gave you a couple of months rent, don’t judge what landlords do to protect themselves. (Yes, we have to PAY for the property and PAY for the maintenance, repairs,taxes,insurance,utilities, etc–so YOU don’t have to!)

    Again, I have spent weeks cleaning the filth and damage left by renters who “seemed nice” who turned my spotless places into kennels. In my teens and twenties, I was a great renter, respected my landlords, and left the places spotless, owing nothing. I always got my deposit returned. I also spent that time BUILDING excellent credit that made it possible for me to buy and remodel my home and rentals. Part of the credit I built was via my great rental history. (By the way, you cannot “lie” to the bank when obtaining real estate loans. They don’t “take your word for it”. They check your finances out stringently before loaning you money.

    Tenant blacklisting is no different than reporting unethical business practices to the better business bureau. We are conducting a business and providing a service in exchange for payment, not providing social services. You are responsible for providing yourself with the basic necessities and we have the right to refuse service to anyone who is a threat to our business and property. In doing so, we create openings for those who keep their end of the deal.

    It’s pretty obvious you haven’t experienced much of the real world, or you would be showing a better understanding of it. Be decent and responsible, appreciate the person who supplies you with a place to live until you can afford to buy your own, and it will pay off. Don’t bitch about consequences that you create yourself.

    KJ

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  142. November 20, 2008 at 8:15 pm, Guest said:

    I was just told that I am blacklisted and I don’t know anything about it. How can I find out who put me on it and how can I get off of it. I am a single mother and have 5 children 4 who are still at home with me. What can I do specifically. I am in need of help. I don’t have any evictions. I have been late once on my rent in 2003 ONCE!

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  143. November 30, 2008 at 10:41 pm, Guest said:

    Pay Your rent —–

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  144. December 01, 2008 at 6:58 pm, Guest said:

    I dont know what world you live in , where it’s easy to save 6 months salary and it’s cheaper to eat healthy. Also, where I live in Kansas, people die in the summer without air conditioning. I struggle a lot but i always pay my rent. I moved into a crappy apt and when I moved out they put that i owe $4000 to them on the credit report. I never saw a bill or anything. I dont think I am even able to cause that much damage. My friend worked maintenance there and told me they do that to people all the time. The other thing is, the manager’s daughter took over my apt and they renevated it for her. I wonder where that $4000 came from. Now i’m screwed for somthing I didnt do.

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  145. December 03, 2008 at 11:03 am, Guest said:

    Posts like yours are why some people think the laws need to be changed. I saw many posts of people having hard times due to medical problems or loss of jobs, yet you lump them in with people that don’t pay just because they don’t feel like it.

    I agree it’s not the landlord’s responsibility, but at the same time it shouldn’t be “pay on time regardless of the circumstances or get out and by the way we will make sure you can’t obtain other housing.”
    That attitude by landlords are the reason a lot of tenants take on an “I don’t care, let them evict me” attitude. If they’re going to be evicted and blacklisted anyway, what’s the point? If they’re sick and can’t pay, all the begging and borrowing from friends and family isn’t going to help. Or at least not for long. Everyone is on hard times these days, so saying borrow the money is bull.

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  146. December 29, 2008 at 7:00 pm, Guest said:

    What is the impact on someone who signs a lease (for a year), sublets the other half of the lease and then is evicted because the other subletter didn’t pay rent for 3 months.

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  147. January 05, 2009 at 1:39 am, Guest said:

    I, for one HAVE experienced the real world, and have been renting for years. I always pay my rent, yet I once was sued as a tenant in a girlfriend’s house that I didn’t even live in!! Also some of us make bad decisions when we are young, but if we become mature with age and just want to live our lives normally, have a place to raise kids,and move on with our lives,should we still have to carry the stigma of our past and face homelessness?

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  148. January 06, 2009 at 4:05 pm, Guest said:

    That is incorrect, you CAN be evicted for being a day late. And as a landlord, I will look at those sites, that’s what they are there for !!! A lease is contract, it needs to be paid.

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  149. March 14, 2009 at 9:07 am, jalal said:

    My name is jalal and because of not paying my rental i have entred the black list.
    If i wanted to rent a house what can i do for you?
    please reply me as soon as posible, i haven’t got a house to live in.

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  150. March 30, 2009 at 12:42 am, Deborah Webb said:

    I have never been late on my rent, and have always left my apartment spotless when I moved. If I am on any blacklist, it will be illegal for any landlord to do so since blacklisting is illegal in Kansas. There is even a Kansas Statute Act that states that blacklisting carries a penalty of jail and/or fine. I have Aspergers, and in my 50s. People have tried to take advantage of me thinking I have low intelligence. As it is, I have a four-year degree and two, two-year degrees, with one as a legal assistant.

    Now that attorneys are using “Aspergers” as an excuse for their clients having committed crimes, I am concerned that will cause stigma to follow me even though my record is completely clean. I have no criminal record, and no intention of committing a crime. However, if people who have Aspergers are suddenly required to report their diagnosis just because it is being used as an excuse by criminal lawyers, it is a violation of my rights under the ADA if an apartment complex manager refuses me a unit based on my diagnosis just because it is considered a “criminal type” disability in some places. Apartment complexes around here check to see if you have a criminal history. Eventually, having Aspergers may be considered the same as having a criminal history just because of the way criminal lawyers are using that diagnosis as an excuse to let the person off easily in court. It would unnecessarily stimatize those who have the diagnosis as well as a clean record. Pretty much the same as blacklisting. The ADA laws, unfortunately have no teeth, and judges still throw ADA cases out just because the plaintiff has a disability, and judges hate the ADA. They want people with disabilities out of sight and mind just like in the dark ages.

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  151. May 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm, Christine said:

    What a wonderful representation of perfection some of you are! It must be so nice to drift through life never meeting any situation that you couldn’t master. Maybe some of you could get together and teach a class and train the rest of us how to be perfect.

    Let me see… where have I seen such perfection before? Oh, I know, I read about it in a story where a prostitute was thrown before a holy man with a crowd of perfectionists calling for him to agree that she’s dirty and sinful.

    What was it he said to that crowd?

    Oh oh and I know I’ve heard some speak of glass houses and and the damage you can cause by throwing stones around from inside them.

    Nah, I think I’ll go with this little tidbit…. many religions actually share a core message. Yep, they share it! It’s the same thought….. from all different sides of the spectrum. Do you know what it is?

    Simply this: The Golden Rule.

    In the Biblical scripture it’s stated thus: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12, King James Version

    Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga 5:18

    Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” Mahabharata 5:1517

    Islam: “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” Number 13 of Imam Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths.

    Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat 31a.

    Wicca: “An it harm no one, do what thou wilt” Wiccan Rede

    I wish we all, Landlord and Tenant, could work towards resolutions together.

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  152. May 19, 2009 at 6:23 pm, Guest said:

    I can’t believe that after all these years of having rental properties, that this list exists and I didn’t know about it. I wish I knew!! I have used the basic credit report, and a tenant may look decent on there, but that won’t always be the case. I am an honest, and fair landlord, which just may be my problem. I have way too many horror stories of tenants. Everything from tenants knocking on my door of my personal residence just before midnight on the 5th business day to deliver me the rent check to abandoning the property with no notice and leaving the home exposed to find a family of dogs that have “moved in” and trashed the home. Being hassled by HOA and utility companies because of the tenants actions, and so much more. It’s unbelievable. If I knew about this black list, I would’ve checked this in addition to the usual credit report, to help determine who I would like to rent out MY home to. People whine about being listed, but there are two sides to every story. If they have a bad review, then that’s just one landlord saying to another, beware, I had trouble with them, there’s a chance you might too. It’s the same as word of mouth, just more efficient. I feel sorry for any landlord that ended up with my bad tenants. I’m sure previous landlords have said the same about me.
    I’m glad this is out there. Maybe it will help prevent thousands in losses that we have incurred, from those that deserve to be on this list.
    For those of you who don’t want to be on the blacklist, just simply respect the property and follow the rules and you will have nothing to worry about. If you don’t want to do that, get your own place to trash and default on your own mortgage.

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  153. July 21, 2009 at 4:47 pm, Lindsay said:

    This is outrage everybody has to live somewhere and it’s illigal to just live in the woods and build a house. If you cant get a job or place because your blacklisted and cant get help from the goverment because the programs are maxed out and you dont have anyone to help you what are you supposed to do. Nobody just wants to ruin their credit and blacklist thir life away people get in situations where there is not anything else they can do to prevent it the, the whole system is rigged it’s one thing when you can get the money but when you cant get employment or a place to live and have a family you run out of options and most of the people blacklisted dont have money for seeing if they are and getting a lawyer to dispute the matter if all the people blacklisted had all this money they probaley would of prevented themselves from being blacklisted in the first place.

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  154. August 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm, Jefferson said:

    Well I’m a landlord and it’s pretty striking that we appear to have as many viewpoints as people here. While everyone and anyone can get into trouble and have issues, it’s unfortunate that many of them CHOOSE not to be forthcoming and communicative to their landlords about it. So, this can put a landlord into a bind and be forced to make a decision in isolation, rather than having a proper and open dialog. I’m not saying that every landlord will “be understanding” to an extent that a renter in trouble might hope for. BUT – you can be fairly sure that they will be less inclined to be fair and helpful if the renter in question doesn’t communicate openly and do their best to make things work from their side.

    I would like to think that I act in a fair and open way with my tenants, who are also my neighbors. Perhaps that makes things a bit different for us than for others, in that my tenants are right upstairs and so I take a LOT of time selecting the right people since it is of equal importance to me how they are as people as to how they are in terms of a mere ability to write me a check each month.

    Anyway, some people here need to consider viewpoints other than their own. The whole thing is a RELATIONSHIP – and sometimes purely a Business Relationship. I want my tenants to be very happy and stay a long time – so I do extra things to make staying desirable for them. Do have to? No. But it’s in MY INTEREST to keep a good tenant happy and spend a bit of time/money to do so. Life isn’t black and white, any way you slice it. I wouldn’t register a tenant of mine with a blacklist unless they put me into a position where I basically had to do so (intentionally caused damage to my property, etc).

    It’s better for people who need to move on – for whatever reason – to move on, quickly and quietly. Life is too short to go actively looking for trouble and creating strife.

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  155. September 12, 2009 at 1:44 am, Jordan said:

    It’s been hell for me and my family being involved in the eviction process for 2 tenants in a row.

    I would NEVER rent to a person with an eviction record under any circumstance, no matter how old. They’re troublemakers and have no respect for landlords. They don’t care about all the time, stress, aggravation the landlord went through. They’ve never been through it so why would they care? They don’t care if the landlord relies on that money for their bills. Many tenants should be extremely grateful they were even approved for housing with their horrible credit. Are they ever? Nope! Most have a strong sense of entitlement, make a bunch of outrageous demands, complain about petty crap and think everyone should be quickly approved just because they breathe. They don’t want to follow the rules and probably break other rules like no pets and damage the place without caring.

    DONT DO IT, DONT DO IT, DONT DO IT, DONT DO IT, DONT DO IT, DONT DO IT, DONT DO IT, DONT DO IT

    I live in Obamaland, which is a very pro-deadbeat, pro-freeloader , pro-criminal (criminals run free/juries rarely convict without videotaped evidence/short “compassionate” jail sentences). The mob never left Chicago, they’re still running the whole city. It’s very hard to collect judgments on people that owe money here because the formula lets the deadbeats keep large amount of money before wage garnishment. You get peanuts for garnishment. It takes you 10 years to collect $300. LOL

    Judges and polititions steal and intimidate fair hardworking business people through unfair laws, taxes and lack of enforcement of the laws in order to keep themselves in power. Cook County is one of most politicized and corrupt offices. Throw scraps to the freeloaders of society and stay in power, just like the mob. They go out of their way to help freeloaders criminals and those who do nothing wrong get the shaft! Thieves are protected by the law and the law abiding has become the target of government.

    Anybody that would put a landlord through the eviction process doesn’t care and probably did a bunch of $hit to the landlord to make it as long and drawn out as possible, using delay tactics and have no intention to pay. They don’t want to work anything out or it wouldn’t have reached the eviction process. They think they can get away with anything and want to stay for free instead of leaving voluntarily or pay off the debt without the landlord having to chase them down, just like other bill collectors. The landlord shouldn’t have to go after tenants for money owed and resort to wage garnishment and other things. The tenant should be responsible and try to pay with a payment plan of some sort. Do most tenants that have been evicted voluntarily pay the judgment owed? NOPE! You better believe they don’t and have no intention of doing so. I’ve never heard any evicted tenant ever be remorseful or say “sorry” EVER with any landlord I’ve ever met. FIND ONE! Never do they go out of their way to make first contact with the landlord to pay off the debt. NOPE NOPE NOPE!
    They know the system and milk it for all it’s worth. Most tenants have horrible credit and have no intention of ever paying that is why they rack up so many bills to get things for free.

    Buying things on credit means you can steal for free (this includes rental housing with help of pro-dedbeat court system).
    These people who have huge debt look for people to help them (co-sign) rack up more debt and free items (grand theft).
    Ask a person asking you to put something in your name when they intend to start paying their bills? 5, 10, 20 years? Sometime this century? When their creditors are already effin dead? They want YOU to “co-sign” to (help them continue to steal) If a person has a bunch of debt and bills it means you’re broke and you can’t afford new crap on CREDIT until you pay off your old crap!!!!! They will never get it.

    If you want to get taken seriously as a responsible adult pay off your Effin bills. clean up your grand fu*kin theft credit freeloading losers!

    Ask yourself would you lend your hard earned salary to people with a history of bad credit and evictions?
    It would be stupid wouldn’t it? You know you wouldn’t because you know it would be the last time you ever saw one red cent of that money ever again. You’d never be able to garnish or put liens because you would need to take a number and wait in line after all the other creditors. Any assets are already gone.

    Thankfully now you can cause alot of grief for tenants by posting the truth all over the internet and they can’t get away with it over and over. Any landlord can google someone’s name and eviction info can be googled and posted for free. It follows them around for the rest of their life.

    KARMA IS A BITCH dirty rotton S.O.B’s!!!! Trust me I will make sure everyone knows the truth and it can be verified by doing a court docket search free online and I will point the way. They will see what they did and what troublemakers they are.

    Anybody who cosigns for people for cellphones and other baloney are a bunch of morons as well.
    Just tell them this, “pay as you go phones”. DONT DO IT. DONT DO IT. DONT DO IT. DONT DO IT.

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  156. September 12, 2009 at 1:55 am, Jordan said:

    Also nice landlord apartments are not homeless shelters or charities. Those are availble in your city and many charities /churches also provide. This is “free housing” so people aren’t living on the street as many have claimed here. Are these shelters super nice accomodations? nope, but you wont freeze and you have a bed to sleep on. Landlord apartments buildings are not charity organizations. Look to family and friends for help as well. FREE means not that great, just like with everything else. It’s better than nothing. In warm weather climates you can live in tent cities/campgrounds for low cost or free and put your stuff in a storage container temporarily while you work you can save alot of money now that you aren’t paying rent, cable, electricity.

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  157. December 20, 2009 at 2:19 am, Casey said:

    I think any land lord should have the right not to rent to trailer trash. If you want a free place to live out your meaningless pathetic bottom feeding life go to a shelter;But, even there they enforce a degree of accountability. So maybe you should find a bridge to live under. An old phrase you should adhere to is “If you don’t work you don’t eat. I used to believe in a hand up;But, not a hand out. Now days with the high percentage of freeloaders It’s doubtful I’d piss on someone if they were on fire. As you deadbeat reters have heard through many posts….you brought it on yourself.

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  158. January 08, 2010 at 7:56 pm, Mary Sue said:

    I have no evictions on record, my credit is strong, and I moved out of my previous location due to job loss. It was in my lease that if I had previously been a good tenant that, with 60 day notice (and rent) I could leave without penalty.

    Well, I followed the instructions to the letter. Paid the rent for the sixty days and moved on the date my apartment was forfeit. Now I have another, more secure job and attempted to reapply at my previous apartment complex only to be told “Hell no”, application was completely rejected even though my credit score is like 650.

    I was stunned. my credit score now is stronger than it was when I first moved in a year ago, where I was accepted with a deposit of 500 dollars. Why am I being rejected now? I recently got in contact with safe rent as I demand a copy of my file and any information therein. I understand if it was a situation where I was evicted or I trashed the place, or if I was just a lot of trouble, but I received none of this feedback as a tenant, and nothing like occurred to my knowledge. Are you telling me I was blacklisted because I was unfortunate enough to lose my job, just like hundreds of people, in a bad economy?

    If home properties blacklisted me I want a damn good reason why. I’ll be receiving my file from safe rent soon possible and demanding some answers.

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  159. April 08, 2010 at 12:23 am, secret squirel said:

    My Landlord tried to evict me for sleeping with his daughter, he’s in hospital now and I’m still doing her!, just wanted to say that, cos it rocketh!

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  160. August 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm, Anonymous said:

    HAY I YEST NEED A ANSWER SOME ONE IS USING MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUNBER BUT ONE NUNBER IS DIFERENT I TRY TO RENT A APARTMENT AND THEY TELL ME THAT AND THEY DONT GIVE ME THE APARTMEN FOR THE RESONG SO WHAT CUOLD I DO I NEED A ANSWER

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  161. May 27, 2011 at 7:15 am, wow said:

    some of you people are really assholes, and most of them sound like landlords. NO person should EVER be PERMANENTLY BLACKLISTED from something as simple and basic as HOUSING. PERIOD. The ONE intelligent viewpoint on this entire board, none of you could even acknowledge. Yes, once in a while a tenant MIGHT NOT pay their rent for a month or two, worst case, you evict them or they leave. you lose.. what a couple hundred dollars and a few hours?

    ANY business there is the potential of loss and risk. Maybe go to business school. Companies go bankrupt, fall on financial hard times, that is part of being in BUSINESS. All your boo-hooing about my beautiful property and you EVIL EVIL renters who get sick, or fired, or fall on hard times and god FORBID can’t pay the rent. It is ABSOLUTELY discrimination, and you are feeble if you even try to debate otherwise.

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  162. September 05, 2011 at 3:56 pm, Cate S said:

    I HAD a long, extensive dialog with my landlord. I explained that my “roomate” was abusive to the point of being dangerous and I had to leave, and he refused to pay rent. I was paying his rent and my own for months, until I went broke. I told the landlord I had to break the lease. He could easily rent that apartment right away and for more money (and probably did) as it’s in one of the most sought after neighborhoods. But now I find out I am being charged ten grand, and I suppose it will be on my credit report. I haven’t had a permanent home for years. Only sublets, and I’m broke.

    I have so many problems in my life, I can’t deal with this. I have 6 storage spaces in different locations that I have to somehow empty out, and I don’t know how to drive. I can’t afford them.

    I’ve had so many terrible things happen to me in NYC, and now it is obvious I’d better just leave. I suppose this blacklist is national though. Well, there’s a whole world out there.

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  163. September 08, 2011 at 1:48 am, Gustaf said:

    To the guy named “Wow”:

    You’re right in saying that landlords are engaging in “discrimination” when it comes to eviction. Tenants who pay their rent are allowed to stay, but tenants who don’t pay their rent are evicted. Retailers engage in the same type of discrimination. If you present the cashier with the proper payment for the product you brought to the register, you can take the product home. But if you ask the cashier whether you can simply have the product without paying, she’ll show her discriminatory side and say no.

    Also, you mentioned the possibility that a tenant could get “sick, or fired, or fall on hard times.” What if not the tenant but the landlord got sick, fired, or fell on hard times? Would it be fair for the landlord to ask the tenant to give him an additional couple hundred bucks on top of the usual rent for the next month or two?

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  164. October 30, 2011 at 9:13 am, Sangelia said:

    Some rental companies blacklist to keep the tenant in the same building that they are trying to leave. even if it is to a different apartment owned by the same company.
    .
    My husband ran into that. The company had bought his apartment from the first owner of it. The buyers had promised the first owner that they would not raise the rent. Thing is they started on the second month that they were collecting. They also refused to give receipts for rent collected.
    They claimed it was to make the rent equal to the rest of the area. Thing is, they owned pretty much most to all of the apartment buildings in that neighborhood. And they raised the rent in all of them to well beyond in many case what the tenants could afford.
    .
    When my husband tried to get into a different one owned by the same group. he got yelled at for being a “lazy slob tenant” by the manager in that one. That was the first indication he had been blacklisted. Several other places also refused to rent to him too. Thing is, he paid his rent on time every month. and he kept his place clean.
    .
    When the other tenants also tried to leave. they were all blacklisted as well. The only reason my husband managed to get out. Was that I needed a tenant. And I knew him as a friend. So I rented to him a room in my home. I did not need to run a credit check. or a blacklisting check on him. Since it is ILLEGAL to blacklist in America.
    .
    by the way, since then. the company that did the blacklisting has had to deal with several lawsuits over the blacklisting. Because as I found out about blacklisting being illegal.

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  165. January 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm, clientele said:

    Heya i?m for the primary time here. I came across this board and I find It really helpful & it helped me out much. I hope to provide something back and help others like you aided me.

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  166. July 07, 2012 at 1:14 pm, Duran said:

    I was wondering if anyone has any info on UD friendly landlords in Minneapolis. I was evicted because I was laid off late winter. I now have a permanent position and make more than enough to pay rent now. With a UD on my record now it is very difficult. HELP PLEASE!!!!!! e-mail me at dhowell_81@yahoo.com

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  167. July 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm, Robert said:

    I’ve worked for the same bar & lived in the same house for 8 years, the owne of the bar is my landlady. The establishment was recently under investigation by the labor board, I cooperated and was fired. Now , 4 weeks after that my landlady put a notice in my door saying I have 30 days to move out. All rent & bills are paid, my house is in fine shape, she said she wants to renovate it but it’s still retaliation as far as I can tell. I can’t come up with deposit money for my brother & I in just 30 days ( remember she fired me) I have a 2nd job but can’t save that much in one month. Help, do I have any recourse ??

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  168. September 13, 2012 at 2:43 am, Lu said:

    There are laws that protect “whistleblowers” who cooperate in investigations of illegal practices by their employers. I would suggest you talk to an attorney who specializes in labor law. You may have a cause of action against her for wrongful termination.

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  169. November 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm, Melanie Neofitou said:

    I was blacklisted because I did not sign a bond release form. It was not made known to me that I was required to sign the form until a much later date. By that time the time in which to challenge the blacklisting had expired. This lack of communication was due to a telephone line fault in Margot Street, Ferntree Gully. Telecommunications servie men were requested to attend six times and failed to repair the fault. The lines seemed to have been drowned. (underwater)

    Truely, a most unfortunatel situation. Is there anyway known I can escape the ‘blacklist’?

    – Mel Neo

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  170. January 29, 2013 at 10:37 pm, Pissed off said:

    ALL renters are lazy, deadbeat, pigs who don’t pay their rent and destroy property. Huh. Well then why did you become a landlord? If this is the case it seems to me that no one, anywhere, ever would want the hassle and headache of dealing with people like this. I am a renter. Unfortunately Everytime my husband or I find a high paying job we get laid off due to lack of work or the company goes under. Makes it hard to save for a down payment, or SIX months of rent, in the bank. I do pay my rent on time. I have been to eviction court in the past, and have paid the rent and all fees to the landlord as soon as I could get it together. I had purchased a money order for rent, had it at my home, in my purse ready to drop off and I was robbed. At gun point. They took the money order. I stopped payment on it. Gave the police report and a copy of the stop payment request to the landlord. They filed for eviction anyway, I got the money together, paid them, and eventually got my money back from western union. The fact that you can check for habitual non rent payers doesn’t bother me in the least. The fact that I can be denied housing for my family because of one situation that I did rectify, and have had no problems since hell yes that pisses me off. If a person gets fired from their first job do they loose the right to get another one? No. Absolutely not. This forum, this blacklist just shows that everyone needs to be more tolerant of each other. Landlords need to be more thorough in their research, renters need to pay rent and stop causing damage.

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  171. September 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm, Anonymous said:

    ok i have to call Bull— on some of you landlords here. there is a difference between protecting yourself and becoming bitter and taking it out on people are trying to correct there mistakes.

    i was a bad renter at one point. I moved back home, worked my — off, and paid off my debt.

    the fact there there is a unofficial blacklist that may forever —- me in the — even though i have corrected my mistakes is a outrage.

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  172. May 06, 2014 at 8:23 am, Anonymous said:

    Never rent from ***** in Lincoln, NE. Took around 4 years to put in a shower (which is still not complete) and if something does go wrong it takes way too much time to “fix”. On top of that he puts HIS dogs in YOUR yard and they bark nonstop and the earliest I have heard the dogs was at 3:30 AM and they usually don’t stop barking for hours on end. Just an FYI for anyone looking for a “decent” landlord.

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