Giving friend of friend preference over other applicants

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Hi all,

I just purchased my first rental property and we have had a few applications but one is from a friend of a friend and that reference trumps everything for us. We didn't realize they'd be interested, if we would have just given it to them and not listed it. They're also ready to move in immediately and we want to give the property to them. Are there any legal issues for choosing them over other applicants just because of the reference/relationship? First time landlord and pretty cautious about any denial of the other application appearing to be discrimination but this seems clear cut. They meet all of our requirements. Thanks. 

Have them fill out the application, run it like you did the others and let them know they are approved if they met your criteria. You have the right to select the best possible tenant from the pool of qualified applicants one usually rises to the top. This applicant had superior references above and beyond the others. 

Just let others know sorry the unit has been rented, and is off the market. No need to disclose reason for denial unless your state dictates and the applicant you chose had best references.

Know your state laws and get familiar with them

Good luck 

Did you properly screen the individual. If not you are making a basic rooky mistake.

Never rent to relatives, friends or in this case friends of friends.

Screen them as you would any applicant and treat them as a total stranger. Pick the best applicant and if he is the one hope it does not cost you a friend down the road when they turn out to be a terrible tenant you are forced to evict.

There is absolutely no tolerance in this business for emotions, compassion or "friends".

I would agree with Greg S. But if you run his application just like a regular applicant and he meets your requirements you should be good to go without having to worry about discrimination etc since you did your regular application process.

@Jon Sanborn & greg s

I read the posting as " they met all of our requirements" and my answer was based on such.

So I believe that @Edd Sylvester had properly screed his "friend of friend applicant" , it's his business and if he feels this is the best tenant from the pool then so be it. :)

Chances of being stood up by a tenant or family friend is just about equal in my eyes. 

Originally posted by @Thomas S. :

Did you properly screen the individual. If not you are making a basic rooky mistake.

Never rent to relatives, friends or in this case friends of friends.

Screen them as you would any applicant and treat them as a total stranger. Pick the best applicant and if he is the one hope it does not cost you a friend down the road when they turn out to be a terrible tenant you are forced to evict.

There is absolutely no tolerance in this business for emotions, compassion or "friends".

This.

Have them apply and be screened like everyone else.

If things go south and they don't pay or damage the place, things get awkward fast. 

I don't mix business and friends. Or family and friends.  

Thanks to all replies. They were properly screened just like the other applicants. They weren't the first to apply but by far the best candidates. They've moved in and all is going well. Thanks.

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