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As new president of our association, I have my first interview for a potential buyer/renter, what are the

Asked by Tony, Miami Beach, FL Thu Feb 7, 2008

questions I should ask?

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Your basic responsibilities would be to go over their credit reports and background checks. If there is anything that needs clarification, this would be your opportunity. This is a good time to go over the rules and regulations of the condominium and make sure that the new buyer or tenant is clear. Make sure to go over things like pet policies, rental policies etc.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 7, 2008
Wow! I can honestly say I haven't heard of that one before, "searching someone's car". Kevin, I think this is an episode for "Law and Order".

Brendan, you have come up with some creative ways to "test" new applicants. With the "wiping of the feet test", "the leaving the light on test" and "the surprise question test". I must say, oddly enough, I do see where you are going with this, but not for a condo association.

Tony, as mentioned in this post, go over Rules and regulations, especially pets, rentals and parking. Also, if it is a renter make sure to state their is a policy of only 2 persons per room and go over what asecurity deposit covers and when it will be returned.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 18, 2008
I've read all the posts with regards to your question, but can't understand why is it that because youare the new president of your association that it makes a difference?

The laws, rules and ethics are all the same.

Get an application filled out, get a deposit, run a credit check, get money.
Do a walk thru and make sure that there is no damage that the tenant would be responsible for that was already there.

"Be honest, fair and ethical" and follow the laws of your state. It matters not one whit that you are the President or not.

Or am I missing something here?


Run a credit report
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 7, 2008
Brendan,
You can't inspect a potential tenant's car. That would be very unorthodox and I'm sure would open up the condo association to some sort of liability.

Is this an episode for "Law and Order?"

Illegal search and seizure?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 7, 2008
While credit and background checks are good. I also recommend "tip of the iceberg" tests. For example, I always inspect a tenant's car. How they keep their car will tell you a lot about how they will keep the unit, it's a great and very reliable test. Slobs cannot hide the fact that they are slobs! I will also do a walk-through of the unit, and I will simply test how they treat the unit. For example, I'll go into a bedroom, switch the light on, and after they've seen it, I'll be sure to be the first one out, then see if they turn the light off. Same thing on the doormat: Do they wipe their feet instinctively when they come in? It's not their unit yet so they should treat it like yours at this point.... do they have manners? These are things a person typically cannot hide that reveal their true nature. They know what the "right answers" to your questions are so you have to find ways to ask a question when they don't have their guard up...to get the truth.
That is why I call it the tip of the iceberg theory, a person has only practiced the verbal stuff. So I test the unconscious habits they have that they have not usually trained to hide about themselves and it tells me a lot about how they will be as a tenant and/or neighbor. Hope my unorthodox methods give you some new ideas that help!

Brendan Murphy
Broker, CRS, GRI, ePro
Raving Real Estate
Laramie, WY 82070
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 7, 2008
Your association should have a list of requirements. If not, you can make a list, using the Condo Docs. Also, if a REALTOR is involved in the sale, they probably have a list that needs to be filled out by the condo association. And I agree with Kevin. You should go over the rules and regulations. Especially any points of concern.
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