The Consequences of Providing False Information on Your Rental ApplicationMarch 1st, 2010 by Staff Writer
Renting an apartment may be tricky if you have had trouble in the past. By providing false information on your rental application will only ensure more trouble.
Before the Lease Is Signed
If you lie on an application, more than likely the truth will be found out before the lease is signed. Landlords give the applications to potential renters for the sole purpose of following up on them. Background and credit checks will very likely be run on applicants. Lies about previous rentals, addresses and backgrounds will be found out. Criminal history will also be uncovered.
After the Signing of a Lease
If an untruth on an application happens to go through, the lie is still there. A signature states that everything written on the application and lease agreement is true and subject to perjury if incorrect information is listed. While it is unlikely that charges will be filed, the information can be added to a person’s background if evicted. False information listed on the application can be grounds for an eviction, added more bad press to your history.
Sometimes the Act Is Charged as a Crime
Though it isn’t common, there are cases where a landlord has filed charges against a fraudulent renter. However you look at it, providing false information on an application is fraud. It is equal to passing bad checks. Every landlord is different and depending on how much trouble he feels the lie or lies have caused or the amount of money he feels he is out are factors as to whether or not he may want to file charges. The consequences of the fraud vary from state to state.
Rather than lie on an application, try being honest and forthcoming with the landlord. He may turn you down for the apartment, but there is a chance of approval as well. By not trying to hide the past, the landlord may feel as though you have grown from the experience and be willing to take a chance. The landlord might ask for an extra amount on the security deposit, for his own piece of mind.