I understand where Jake is coming from. However, my tenant does not have a boyfriend or a "secret" husband waiting in the wings RIGHT NOW. I am fully aware that she may get married in the future, or may have a guy moving in with her later on. However, I doubt she will be signing the Lease and then in a week - she will move in her fake husband and 3 kids into the unit..lol.
I also dont look at every tenant as a person who is trying to stiff their landlord..But I guess thats because I like to give people the benefit of the doubt first before I dismiss a potential tenant.
I agree Erica - not just givingt he benefit of the doubt but when dealing with people for decades, you get a good "feel" when the story isn't exactly right - sort of like teenagers explaining why they were where they were at the wrong times - the story's being told but it doesn't make sense.
Anyway, we all certainly know there are tenants that can tell a really good, believable story and everyone can be taken but being a good judge of people and making their story lines connect is also a skill set that comes w/time (and mistakes !!)