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Old 06-26-2015, 12:48 PM
 
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Who knows. The owner may have been married to an Asian Indian and had a bad divorce. Or maybe he is Pakistani and angry about Kashmir-Jammu. Or maybe cutoff is higher 700's than you have. I doubt you will ever know.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Colorado...
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In hot and tight rental markets, landlords can be picky.

A 700 credit score is nothing special. Sure, it is in the "good" range, but it is nothing exceptional.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:49 PM
 
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Length of employment, probability of layoffs in your line of work, amount of savings, etc. are also things they look at. Sorry this happened and hope you find a nice place soon.
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Old 06-26-2015, 04:29 PM
 
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In hot and tight rental markets, landlords can be picky.

A 700 credit score is nothing special. Sure, it is in the "good" range, but it is nothing exceptional.
yup...OP what is your credit score anyway? They dont consider any score best until about 780 these days.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:13 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Probably this, but they will never admit to it.
Best to let it go and hope the next place you look at isn't run by bigots.
Why "probably this?" We don't know where the rental is located, as it was not mentioned. What state? What metropolitan area? What are the demographics of the area? Who are the typical landlords?

Here in the SF Bay Area there are a lot of South Asians, Pakistanis, East Asians (Chinese), and also Filipinos who are investors and are the property owners. They often rent to people who are from their own specific area, if they can, though not always. It's still discrimination, but try to prove it. It's tough.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Florida
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He said she wasnt satisfied with my background check
What she said and what she really means could be two totally different things.

I'd be mad too by not knowing why. But if they give you this much flak before renting, they're probably doing you a favor in the long term.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth, Milky Way
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The supe is lying, the owner is not bothered with issues it why they pay him. He is moving fault away from himself blaming the owner. It was him.
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Northampton, Mass.
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OP, did they refund you the application fee?
I know in many places a landlord is not obligated to return the fee if the application is denied, but if the fee is a rather good amount (like $50-75) that can add to the sting. I am sorry this has happened to you.

I was going to rent from a landlord a couple of years ago, temporarily and they requested a rather large app. fee ($50...per person!--that was a red flag right there) to run the credit/background/references, but luckily before I handed them the money, I found LOTS of complaints with the Better Business Bureau (and of course Yelp, etc.) with the most common complaint being they had taken the application and fee(s) and then denied them, keeping the fee; they would do this to four, five, six people for the same apartment. So they knowingly took applications and fees from people for apartments that were either already taken or would be very shortly and had nothing comparable to offer them.
By state law that would need to return the fee if this was the case; instead they would tell the prospective tenant they were denied due to credit/background/reference issues and therefore they would keep the fee from several people for the same apartment. The company was eventually sued. They rented mostly to college stusnts and young adults, mostly who had little to no rental experience, but eventually some caught on to their "game".
Some landlords are just plain greedy, though as you say, it could also be racial/ethnic discrimination.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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We are asian indian and feel the reason of denial was racial discrimination. I am not 100% sure, but i strongly believe so.
It's probably worth your time to talk to a lawyer. That could be worth a lot of money to you. Five or even six digit figures, if you win.
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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You can file a fair housing complaint.

New Jersey Law Against Discrimination:

State of New Jersey

Page on how to file a complaint:

State of New Jersey
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