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.
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
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?
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!
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