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Old 10-11-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Hi, we are renting our house in VA for the first time. We have a group of 4 guys interested in renting it as roommates. They are in the military (this doesn't bother us, it's just an FYI). We'd really rather rent to a single family versus four individuals. Is this discrimination in any way? What are our legal options? Can we just tell them straight out no and why? Do we take their apps (and not charge them the fee) and then tell them no?
Thanks!
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:20 AM
 
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This could be tricky. The rule of thumb is to deny people based on the same exact criteria of approval. That way nobody can cry discrimination.

So long as all four applicants are willing to sign a lease, I'm not sure what you could base a denial on.

I hear that the fact that they are in the military could be a plus, if they get out of line, or stop paying rent, a quick-call or visit to their Commanding Officer will set them straight in no time. (No experience with this, but I've heard about it several times on this forum)

Still, 4 young guys sharing a house. You can bet there are going to be some sweet parties there.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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You need to check your local zoning laws. Where I live, 3 unrelated people is the max that live in a place zoned SFH. Not that everyone reports on violations but it could give you a "legal" out. And you don't have to tell anyone why you are turning them down, infact, it could lead to trouble.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I looked up some information and think I see our way around it. Obviously we are going to screen applicants for having appropriate income to cover the rent. We would require each applicant to have sufficient income (2-3x rent, etc). Married families would therefore qualify jointly, but singles would not. I highly doubt each applicant would be able to cover the rent individually from their incomes.
Our main reason for not renting to singles is having the potential for broken leases/roommates moving out and having to find a sublet. We would like to rent the house for 2 years, and we assume one of the men would need to break a lease early due to military obligations.
Thoughts?
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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4 guys = big mistake

no way in hell would i rent a property to 4 guys, you have got to be kidding, military or no military...and the same for 4 girls......................


this is trouble from the word go, I have heard all thses roomate stories before, they never end good.
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Minimum expected:
no less than one legal bedroom per person on the lease.
lease terms = "joint and several" responsibility
each of the four can afford at least 50% of the rent on their own
You meet their Sergeant who approves of the four

and I'd still be real leery
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Prince William County, VA
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Minimum expected:
no less than one legal bedroom per person on the lease.
lease terms = "joint and several" responsibility
each of the four can afford at least 50% of the rent on their own
You meet their Sergeant who approves of the four

and I'd still be real leery
What if it's a group of young single Captains? Should the landlord still meet with their sergeant?
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I would rent to one of them for the full amount and 2x security and allow him to sublet the other rooms.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Thanks for the advice. They are actually really stand-up guys, but they need the house sooner than we can give it up. Oh well!
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:51 PM
 
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One quick thing, if renting to military, Virginia allowes them to break a lease if they get orders that moves them over 35 miles away.
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