So I went and looked at a house to rent yesterday…

What is it with Landlords and what they think people should live in?  What security for deposits and information that you have provided to the Landlords should a consumer be entitled to?  Renters usually are paying 50% to double of what a mortgage payment would be to own the house but these places that I have looked at are bloody toilets.  They want the $1000.00 – $1300.00 per month for rent, but they don’t put a dime into maintaining or repairing the property (More than likely why the last tenants moved out).  Anyway, after looking at the house yesterday and then after deciding there would be no way I would rent the dump, I politely accepted the "Tenant Application Form" that was provided by the landlord (Wendy) and left.  Afterwards I took a moment to read the (obviously landlord created) tenant application form and couldn’t believe what information the landlord wanted me to provide to them.  She wanted my Social Insurance Number, My Healthcare number, my driver’s license, Vehicle information, Birth information, Complete employment information including Supervisor name and contact information and then she also had this little addendum at the bottom of the form that if signed said that if I was successful in renting the house I would be responsible for all of the maintenance and repairs for any of the supplied appliances etc…  With the information this woman (a total stranger) was asking for she could easily completely take over a person’s identity.  I mean I am sure that with the dive that she was renting she was a completely reputable and upstanding citizen… Ya right.   So much for privacy laws eh?  The sad thing is that more and more Landlords, given the current high demand for suitable rental housing, are feeling free to make unreasonable information and rental demands for their properties.  Even sadder, the potential tenant has no protection from these (possibly crooked) landlords.  If you actually did want the place then you would be held hostage to providing the requested information and the demanded ransom or you could be guaranteed that you would not succeed in renting the place and then, if you don’t get the place, what is that honest (cough, cough, hack…) Landlord going to do with all of that wonderful information that you gave them?  As a consumer I should be entitled to a guarantee for the security and the manner for which my personal information is collected, used and disposed of.  Consumers for other products and services are protected by laws for such things.  Renting/leasing etc. of housing should also be protected with the same guarantees to the consumers.  Building Contractors are required to be licensed, insured, and bonded when requesting deposits for their work or services in advance, a Landlord which holds individuals and family’s livelihood and security in the balance should be under no less stringent regulation and monitoring.


About Anarchenisis

Mildly competitive… maybe a small bit head strong… sometimes has an opinion… and occasionally has a requirement to be right (currently averaging 99.9% of the time). But my high level of sensitivity and empathy makes up for any of my minor faults :-)
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