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Landlords and flat owners in Poland - how do you choose your tenants?


LwowskaKrakow 28 | 431
30 Nov 2011 #1
Hi ,
I have a question for landlords and flat owners :If you had 4 potential tenants interested in renting your property, on what basis would you choose? How do you select one among the others ?

Their income*(is it a taboo to ask what the salary of a tenant is ?)?Their gender? Their job?

Thanks for sharing your ideas.
Chrzaszcz 12 | 103
30 Nov 2011 #2
Their income*(

Hi there.
I wouldn't ask for their income. I know you need to know if they'll be able to pay their rent etc, but imagine if you went to see a flat and the landlord asked you for your income details. Would you disclose this to them? In my opinion, you could ask them.

1. Is their job permanent or temporary?
2. How long do they want their tenancy for?
3. Why did they leave their previous flat/house?
4. Get a couple of references from them.

I know these questions may seem a little intrusive, but at the end of the day, you do want a tenant who will pay their way and for you to have peace of mind.

Hope this helps.
inkrakow 1 | 98
1 Dec 2011 #3
imagine if you went to see a flat and the landlord asked you for your income details.

This is standard practice in the UK. When I rent one of my properties there, the agent does the research and supplies me with 3 months of bank statements for each tenant, an employer's confirmation of employment contract, salary + bonuses and they also check the references that the tenants supply.

Here in Poland I play safe by renting either to friends or friends of friends, or to corporates through an agency. I've yet to be given the same level of detail as in the UK, but I don't see why you can't ask for these details :) Basically I meet the people and decide whether they seem reasonable and then take a month's deposit and hope for the best. So far so good...
OP LwowskaKrakow 28 | 431
1 Dec 2011 #4
imagine if you went to see a flat and the landlord asked you for your income details. Would you disclose this to them?

Yes of course , there is no way you can rent a place in Germany,UK, Italy France Spain etc without showing your bank statements or pay slips or Income tax forms.

Why would it be a problem to disclose your income details ?

If one needs a loan from a bank,don't people have to show proof of their income?

Here in Poland I play safe by renting either to friends or friends of friends, or to corporates through an agency

inkrakow i will PM you for details of this agency for corporates, thanks
Macowiec - | 5
15 Oct 2018 #5
Reviving this thread in 2018!-I wonder if there have been any changes to the above advice, in terms of the new RODO (European privacy) regulations?

What exactly can one ask when vetting tenants? I have several apartments I let out, and after years of rather successful rentals, I've recently run into some problem cases:

*one guy lost his job and has fallen behind
*another guy is nearly 3 months behind, and full of excuses (he forgot to sent the payment, he sent it to the wrong account, etc., tomorrow he'll send it, etc.) Every now and then he'll send a partial payment, but nowhere near the full amount owed.

I normally take one month's rent as a security deposit. Could this be increased to 2, or would it scare most everyone away? Someone for who 2 month's rent is no problem might be a safer bet (i.e. they're not skint).

Also, at the end of a fixed term lease are the tenants required to move out (e.g. I can call the police or change the locks if they don't), or can they try to stay claiming they don't have anywhere to go?


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