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You have no idea how renting a house works

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thisismyboat Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
TL; DR: One of three future roommates (and her mom) thinks she can arrange a year-long lease with a tenant without ever talking to the owner. I refuse to join in on this because I'd like to not risk losing hundreds of dollars and being homeless. So this doesn't get locked, feel free to tell stories about horrible roommates and/or landlords. That's always fun.

So a few friends and I are looking for a house to rent this spring. We decided to get on the ball at the end of November because we knew that at the start of January both prices and competition are going to go up like crazy. Three of us found a pretty great place and were ready to sign the lease when the last girl goes "Wait, I think we should look around a bit more and also I can't sign a lease this soon without my mom seeing the house". This should have been the first red flag.

Her mom manages to find another house that's really nice, cheap, and in a great location. Ignoring mommy meddling, we're happy enough to sign the lease. Then the daughter goes "I'm just waiting for the tenant to give me the owner's contact information".

You mean this entire time you weren't talking to the owner? And the owner hasn't actually told you that they wants to rent the house, let alone to four students?

Anyways, since the start of December it's been basically me (because no one else has the balls to say anything) constantly asking our future roommate if she's talked to the owner yet. It's always "No, but..." with another stupid deal she's made with the current tenant. Both her and her mom are completely incapable of understanding that the tenant means fuck all when you're renting a house. I've told her at least three times now that the house doesn't belong to the tenant, and the owner/landlord of the house has yet to EVEN TALK TO US, let alone say "I am okay with renting this place to the four of you". Everyone's been chasing this house with stars in their eyes, completely wasting a month we could have used to look at other places or sign a lease that actually exists.

I've sent her a fourth message now explaining as simply as possible that the tenant has no legal right to rent the house to us, and all communication with the tenant is worthless until we talk to the owner. If they can't get that through their head and keep chasing this house, I hope they're able to find another roommate because I'm abandoning that ship. There's no way in hell I'm giving my money to someone who has no ties to the property. That screams Scamcity.

Also, seriously, who needs their mom to approve a house? What are you, ten?
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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
We rented a house a few years ago- went in to sign the paperwork and were told that they didn't have any IDEA the current tenant was moving out. And of course they didn't waive our security deposit (as she said she had arranged for them to) and rent was $50 higher.

She wanted to break the lease and figured they'd be more accommodating if she found new people to live there fist.

That whole house turned out to be a disaster :(
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thisismyboat Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ugh, that's crappy. Some people are so afraid of confrontation that they'll do everything to avoid it, including screwing over other people.
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FeralTao Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
A specific line from a song comes to mind. "Run to the hills".

This is almost certainly a scam. Demand the tenants number and talk, if he/she doesn't want to give you the landlord's contact information then it's sealed - the tenant is trying to scam you and the landlord. If you have the address then it should be possible to find out who the landlord is anyway and ask them about this deal.
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thisismyboat Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Now you got Iron Maiden stuck in my head.

You're right though. I'm still waiting for a response from the girl as to whether she has the owner's contact information. Unfortunately Facebook communication isn't the fastest way of doing things.
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FeralTao Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
:D My daily good deed has been done.

Amen to that. At least now you can see if they've read the message = Are ignoring you on purpose. I hope it turns out alright. That friend of a friend seems odd to say the least. Either that person is really ignorant or a part of the scam.
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thisismyboat Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'd be shocked if she was in on the scam. I think she's just very naive with stars in her eyes, plus her mom is encouraging her. It is a very nice house in a great location for a cheap price, and I'd jump on it in a second if we could talk to the owner. Sounds like it's too good to be true, unfortunately.
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FeralTao Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Unfortunately yes. :/ Hope it works out.
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thisismyboat Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Cheers!
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HeavenhairSixes Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could be wrong depending on your local laws and stuff but she can arrange all she wants with the tenant - but without some kind of an arrangement with the landlord you could all still end up unexpectedly homeless or worse. But I don't see what could go wrong with making an arrangement with the landlord but not the current tenant - so surely that would be the sensible place to start?

Why would the tenant have any interest in cutting a deal for the property anyway, unless they were trying to lumber someone with some crap they didn't want to deal with? Or trying to scam money out of someone who looked gullible?

I never had a horrible roommate or landlord but I did a have a crazy roommate one time. We fell out during a drunken argument and he divided the flat into two and kept on his side and didn't step into my side. I had the toilet in my half so he kept all his bodily waste in jars and stuff and it started to smell real bad.

I told him it was dumb and that he should use the toilet and I went into his half all the time but he didn't budge.

Also he used to insist on playing his porn loud enough for the neighbours to hear otherwise he said 'there wouldn't be any point...'
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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
'so he kept all his bodily waste in jars'

Eeeeeeeew!
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