All these procedures is for the renters safety also as this is standard procedure. It is against the law to profile because of race at anytime. This is never allowed.
I look forward to any reason they would need it before I sat down to sign any document giving me the property for rent.
I agree with all that there is probably no sinister motive here but it really does not make much sense.
Thanks again for all the feed back
As said below, they want to ensure you are who you say you are. You would not believe the false information rental applicants provide. I have even had people fake pretty good payroll statements.
Also, along those lines, they are checking out your story. Your application, credit report, payroll info all have addresses. They want to see that it matches or not. If not, it is a question. That also backs up landlord information and if you are giving the correct landlord. Unfortunately, the scammers make it difficult for everyone.
I understand what you are saying though and this may be possible with some landlords. I hope not, because that is a huge violation of fair housing.
If you have nothing to hide on your rental application, then there would be no problem telling the landlord who you are, or even meeting him. After all, you ARE going to be living in their property, & they are the person taking on the risk of their investment.
As long as the landlord asks every single tenant the same questions, & qualifies them on the same criteria (As long as that criteria does not discriminate based on any protected classes), they have done nothing wrong.
I hope this is helpful. Good luck in your rental search!
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Having the ID helps when filling out the credit report co forms and to assure that the adults are all who they say they are.
Paycheck stubs and bank statements showing some money can also help a landlord make a decision.
I've seen this practice all over Florida, too. I don' think it has anything whatsoever to do with racial profiling or any kind of profiling. It's just making sure that you are the person you say you are, plain and simple.
Boca Raton-Miami Beach