Adding tenants on facebook!

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@Charlie Moore . You need to keep a professional relationship with your tenants. Do not even think about adding them on Facebook. There is not any upside to doing it. Plus if something goes wrong such as they think you have not made a repair fast enough or they decide to stop paying the rent, they could message your family and friends to complain about you.

I would not only not accept the request, I would make sure that all of your posts are set to be for friends only and that your about section is friends only too (not for public) and I would block them. Then I would either text or email them to let them know that you noticed their friend request but that you have a policy to not friend your tenants because you want to keep the relationship professional.

Originally posted by @Charlie Moore :

@Heather Schmidtknecht

Isn’t that discriminatory

 Only if the information you use is in regards to race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin.

Smokers, partiers, drug users, **** fighters, animal abusers, hateful people, etc., are not protected classes.

I wouldn't do it....This is a business and you do not want to give a tenet anymore info about you than they need. 

Originally posted by @Charlie Moore :

Tenants add me on FB

- do I accept?

Why or why not?

Thanks again guys

 Do you run your business on your Facebook or is it just for personal reasons? Me my business is social medial, for example I've got about 50,000 Instagram followers so there's all sorts of random folks there.  So in that case add them and everyone else you can. If you don't do any business on it and just use it for personal reasons I'd say no, keep that separate from your personal life. Tenants are not now nor will they ever be your friends.

Just an FYI( I didn't read all the responses so it might have been said), they likely got a request from Facebook to find all their friends by using their email contacts.  Likely they didn't mean to include you or want to add you on Facebook.  Anyway, I always deny these requests.  I usually get them on LinkedIn which uses similar methods.

Originally posted by @Charlie Moore :

@James Wise

It’s personal

But drop your Instagram, I want to follow you ! Thanks!

 lol, you'll have to google it or go to my BP profile. BP rules would prohibit me from dropping it here.

As evidenced by the replies, there seems to be a huge fear in "them" knowing you. It's honestly quite comical. I work in the public sector and it's the same. Common factor in both is that no one seems to have any real examples of how a horrible tenant/customer ruined their life through knowing who they were. 

If you're doing your due diligence in selecting the right tenant, why not? Everyone knows who their mortgage company is and who to talk to at the bank with any questions. Everyone knows who owns Amazon, Google, Chick-fil-A, local businesses, and literally every other business in the world. 

At least every other BP podcast talks about trust and relationships making the difference in deals, and every podcast ends with giving ways to connect with the guest speaker. I don't get this whole mindset that tenants are terrible humans out to get the landlords and "we" have to separate ourselves from "them". 

Even in this thread it was admitted that a landlord/property manager uses Facebook in screening tenants. What if tenants are simply doing the same to screen landlords? I know I would.

Originally posted by @Trey Burns :

As evidenced by the replies, there seems to be a huge fear in "them" knowing you. It's honestly quite comical. I work in the public sector and it's the same. Common factor in both is that no one seems to have any real examples of how a horrible tenant/customer ruined their life through knowing who they were. 

If you're doing your due diligence in selecting the right tenant, why not? Everyone knows who their mortgage company is and who to talk to at the bank with any questions. Everyone knows who owns Amazon, Google, Chick-fil-A, local businesses, and literally every other business in the world. 

At least every other BP podcast talks about trust and relationships making the difference in deals, and every podcast ends with giving ways to connect with the guest speaker. I don't get this whole mindset that tenants are terrible humans out to get the landlords and "we" have to separate ourselves from "them". 

Even in this thread it was admitted that a landlord/property manager uses Facebook in screening tenants. What if tenants are simply doing the same to screen landlords? I know I would.

 Well for the record I have a real life example of a bad tenant trying to ruin my life. Had one dude who was able to find out where I lived so he could try to burn my house down. Had to get the police involved it was a whole thing, total pain in the butt.....So moral of the story is yes, it does happen. But again as I mentioned earlier I am much more in the public eye than 99% of landords out there.

Originally posted by @Trey Burns :

As evidenced by the replies, there seems to be a huge fear in "them" knowing you. It's honestly quite comical. I work in the public sector and it's the same. Common factor in both is that no one seems to have any real examples of how a horrible tenant/customer ruined their life through knowing who they were. 

If you're doing your due diligence in selecting the right tenant, why not? Everyone knows who their mortgage company is and who to talk to at the bank with any questions. Everyone knows who owns Amazon, Google, Chick-fil-A, local businesses, and literally every other business in the world. 

At least every other BP podcast talks about trust and relationships making the difference in deals, and every podcast ends with giving ways to connect with the guest speaker. I don't get this whole mindset that tenants are terrible humans out to get the landlords and "we" have to separate ourselves from "them". 

Even in this thread it was admitted that a landlord/property manager uses Facebook in screening tenants. What if tenants are simply doing the same to screen landlords? I know I would.

 So naive...

I don't have to worry about this because I got rid of Facebook 3 years ago. It's worthless.

You don't want tenants to know where you live, if you're married, kids, etc. No good comes from that. 

It's a business, they're not your friend unfortunately.