Re: Two parties interested in same uinit
by MrDan on Friday, June 8, 2012 @12:12
If both applicants meet your written criteria to rent, then several situations could arise that the date the application was received would be important.
If the applicant that was chosen was of a different race or religion from the applicant not chosen.
If the applicant chosen did not have children and the applicants not chosen had children.
If the applicant chosen was not disabled and the one not chosen was disabled.
And many others...
If a discrimination suit/complaint is file, the burden of proof would shift to the landlord to show that a sound business reason was used (First qualifying applicant) and no discrimination occured. All applications should be dated when they are received just in case something comes up latter.
"If the party who turns theirs in later complains, just say another prospective buyer turned their application in first." If challenged, how would you provide proof?