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Old 03-01-2012, 12:00 AM
 
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I need everyone's insight and assistance with an issue regarding the company that owns the apartment complex where I live. My wife and I have lived at our current residence in Raleigh for 7 years. This apartment complex has come under new management in the last few months. Before this time, it changed hands once before a few years ago.

Today, we received information about the possibility of renewing our lease when it is up in May. Part of the letter says "For residents of properties which are regulated by state compliance guidelines, this offer is also pending annual recertification to meet qualifying standards." Also enclosed with the letter is an Application for Rental and information concerning the Resident Selection Criteria. The Application for Rental is a standard form that one would sign if they were starting to live anywhere for the first time. The Resident Selection Criteria sheet informs us that by signing the document, we are giving them the right to: check our residency history and employment for two years previous, our credit rating, our bank accounts to see if they are in good standing (!), and a criminal background check.

Mind you, every time we have renewed our lease, no matter what agency was the parent company to our apartment complex, we have never been told to fill out a new rental application or be asked for any background information. Has anyone ever heard of such a procedure when renewing a lease? Is there actually such a thing as state compliance guidelines because I found no references to this type of thing in the NC General Statutes?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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I believe the resident selection criteria has to do with Section 8 and other government subsidized housing. Maybe the new management company is trying to get accepted to such a program. I'd talk to the new management since they are likely the only folks that will be able to give you an answer.
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