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Old 04-04-2011, 07:39 PM
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So my friends and I are in college, and found a townhouse for next year. Three of us put in applications and paid the app fee, we did this through the current tenant (might sound funny, but Im pretty convinced he's related to the owner) We were the first to turn it in. It's been about a week and we haven't heard from the owner, I emailed the tenant who lives there now to see if he heard from the owner, and he hasn't and were both just waiting now. That was about 5 days ago or so.

So I ended up calling the tenant yesterday(4-3-11) to see if there was any news. He said "no" he still hasnt heard from him. I had completely forgotten that on the application were two phone numbers and an email address to reach the owner. Not even a minute after I hung up with the tenant, I called the owner. He answered, I told him who I was, that we saw the house, turned in the apps, we were interested, etc.

He said how he's been doing taxes last week, but got the apps emailed to him from the tenant, and his wife printed them out, and that he was planning to look at them by today(4-4-11) at the latest. He told me we were the first to actually turn in our apps, and at the top of the pile. He also said he appreciated the call, and it showed him that we were serious about renting the place. He asked for the best number to reach me at, I gave him my number and told him Im usually always available to answer calls.

Im not sure if him asking for my number meant he was going to call me today(4-4-11) to let me know. But I still havent received a call from him.

For those reading this, it might sound a little suspicious, but I definitely dont think these guys are running a scam on us. They let us into their place, so we know where they live, and I know someone living in the same complex next year.

I guess my question is do I wait for him to call? Call him back? Where do I go from here? We took a look at a few houses, and this is the one we'd love to have.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:42 PM
Location: NJ
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:50 PM
Location: Maine
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If he hadn't even looked at your app yet, give him some time -- maybe he needs to do a credit and/or background check on each of you?

As much as we want answers NOW (I am the same way), we have to realize that almost always we are not the other person's highest priority.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:16 PM
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Definitely didnt expect replies that fast, thank you so much. Yeah, thats a good point about if he hasnt looked at our apps yet, that will take more time. But do you think there is a cut off where I should call him back? Maybe after another week or so? When I spoke with others, they said it usually take 3-5 days.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:51 AM
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Fair Housing Regs require he accepts the first qualified applicants....... you guys are the first. I hate renting to roommates and have to be hard-pressed to give them applications so I don't get into a Fair Housing issue. So, now he has to find something wrong with your applications. That might take some time if he doesn't typically rent to students. Either way, it takes time to research 3 separate applicants.....
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:05 PM
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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You might consider calling if you haven't heard anything by Friday. That gives him a couple of days.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:58 AM
Location: USA
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Give it a rest for the first few days. Take action if a week goes by without any response from him or her.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:52 PM
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The patience paid off. We all got approved! Got an email from him with the lease and all the information. Now we'll just go from here. Thanks for all the advice, and I'll be sticking around .
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