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The Results Of Referencing Prospective Tenants On Facebook
Oh, the coincidence.
So, check it…
I recently wrote a blog post about how I use Facebook as part of my tenant referencing methods. Basically, when someone applies to be my tenant I always try to hunt them down on Facebook, by searching for their name and/or email address. 9 times out of 10, the applicant has a Facebook profile, giving me the opportunity to get a snapshot into their life. If lady luck is on my side, the profile will be completely insecure, allowing me to view the entire visual catalogue of the applicant’s life.
I posted a sample facetious image of antics landlords should be wary of:
As a landlord, if you saw that picture of a prospective tenant, you’d be slightly cautious, right? I’ll happily be a judgemental prick and assume the worst. The two guys look like the result of an incest breeding program and the women look like a couple of hoodrats.
Hood Rat: “A ghetto ass girl who hangs out with all the ghetto guys and thinks it’s cute to be a slutt” – urban dictionary
Of course, my brash and ignorant judgements might be highly inaccurate; those specimens may make perfectly amicable tenants, and may even be nice people. However, my mind has already been contaminated with that image and judgement has been made. I’m only human, and it certainly won’t be the last time I judge a book by it’s cover.
Anyways, you can only imagine my utter amusement when I received an tenant enquiry from this dude…
I shit you not.
Unfortunately, his profile is set to a level of security which didn’t let me delve further. However, I think I saw enough.
NOTICE ANY SIMILARITIES, BITCHES?
What’s most amusing is that the example photo I posted was an overly dramatised/comical image of what to be wary of. I didn’t actually expect to ever encounter an applicant’s picture to be of a similar nature. Granted, the guy is probably being facetious. But there’s a chance he’s not. Either way, I’m judging him based on that image being his reality. Not a bad reality to be in, if you ask me. It’s just not an ideal reality for a landlord when he/she is trying to suitable find tenants.
I’m actually going to let the guy view the property because I think it will be an interesting experience. I’m very unlikely to give him tenure because he seems too wild for my taste. However, I wonder if PIMPS (which is what he clearly is) are similar to pikeys when it comes to negotiating. He may trade in one of his bitches as part of the transaction (as opposed to a dag). If so, perhaps then we can come to some kind of arrangement.
On a more positive note, let’s give respect where respect is due. Fair play to the guy. He’s partying hard, he’s got a pair of freaky bitches, and he’s generally having a good time.
I only hope he’s sticking to the pimp code…
- Thou shall not playa hate
- Thou shall not trust a hoe
- Thou shall not disrespect the game
See, some times there is method in my madness. My simple Facebook referencing tactics has paid off by potentially surfacing a prospective tenant that likes to party a little too hard for my taste.
So, if you saw a picture like that of your prospective tenant, would it have any influence on your decision making?
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