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I'm about to go into my second year of college and I was checking out apartments in town for the year. I went into the largest rental agency in town, which will remain nameless, to check out their undergrad housing availability. I rented from them last year and had no problems. My friend and I got the keys to look at a place, asked some questions, showed interest, and then went to see it. Overall, not a bad place and it was affordable.

My friend went back the next day to ask some more questions and to hopefully pay the deposit and they told us then that they won't rent that apartment to anyone that isn't a grad student or older, even though it was listed as available to undergrads.

We were angry since they didn't tell us earlier and we wasted time and money driving back and forth. If they had said they wouldn't rent the house to me because I'm some ethnicity they didn't care for, shit would have gone down; since I'm a white, straight, middle class male, I can't complain too much about discrimination.

tl;dr - Went to rent an apartment with a friend, they told us no when we went to sign the lease because we were in college, and now I'm bitching like only a first-worlder can.

I rented from them last year as a college student and their listings specifically state that undergraduates (me) are allowed to rent their houses, the one I looked at included.

Should I complain and see if I can end up renting that place still?
You guys have any experiences with this or any kind of housing troubles?
Last edited by D&DLover at Aug 7, 2011,
#2
Nah. If they don't trust you, they don't trust you. It's a liability issue on their part.
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To be honest college kids can be dumbasses. On a serious note, don't beg them to let you live there. If they initially don't want you there and you still want to live there, you're setting yourself up for future problems.
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Should I complain and see if I can end up renting that place still?
You guys have any experiences with this or any kind of housing troubles?

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They probably assume you're going to be a noisy dickhead, like a lot of students are, and that you'll trash the place.

Here in The Kingdom we have a service called Unipol which is a rental agency for students. The registered landlords all know what to expect. Maybe you have some sort of equivalent in your area.
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To be honest college kids can be dumbasses. On a serious note, don't beg them to let you live there. If they initially don't want you there and you still want to live there, you're setting yourself up for future problems.


Yeah, I'm not planning on it, but I don't see how they can deny people housing if we pay a deposit and have rented before, especially when it was listed as undergrad housing.

College kids blow, but they still need to live somewhere
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Yeah, I'm not planning on it, but I don't see how they can deny people housing if we pay a deposit and have rented before, especially when it was listed as undergrad housing.

College kids blow, but they still need to live somewhere


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We (Three friends and I) found the perfect house and the landlord didn't let us have it because we're students.
There was already students living there when we viewed it but he said it was more of a family place. Bastard.

I was glad to see that he still hasn't rented it out, three months later.
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this. they probably assume you are some goofy college kids that are going to party and do stupid things. and i can't blame them. look at it from their point of view. if you are serious and good natured, the worst that can happen is they'll lose your business. but if you are a crazy college kid throwing wild parties, someone could get hurt, people could get arrested, the other tenants could be bothered, all of which they are responsible for. so it's safer for them to assume you're bad kids and turn you down.


I would totally agree if they didn't advertise undergraduate housing. That's like inviting poor college students to come live in your houses.
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this. they probably assume you are some goofy college kids that are going to party and do stupid things. and i can't blame them. look at it from their point of view. if you are serious and good natured, the worst that can happen is they'll lose your business. but if you are a crazy college kid throwing wild parties, someone could get hurt, people could get arrested, the other tenants could be bothered, all of which they are responsible for. so it's safer for them to assume you're bad kids and turn you down.

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i don't blame them for this either. obviously you have bad judgement based on that alone, TS.
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Yeah, that's not too uncommon. A few letting agencies around where I lived wouldn't rent to students.

Simply put, it's often more hassle than it's worth, having students in a house. The places can be left in a mess, things get broken, stuff is stolen, students generally have little regard for the property and as such walls get damaged by things being put up (screw holes/marks from blu-tack, that sort of thing). Students often end up spending all their money on going out, leaving none left to pay rent and bills, which is a major hassle for the agent as well.

I've seen doors get kicked in, windows broken, a door ripped off its hinges, hundreds of stains on walls/floors, unholy messes at the end of tenancies, furniture broken, all sorts...

It gets to be a lot of effort, come the end of a tenancy, to get the house back into proper nick.
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Yeah, that's not too uncommon. A few letting agencies around where I lived wouldn't rent to students.

Simply put, it's often more hassle than it's worth, having students in a house. The places can be left in a mess, things get broken, stuff is stolen, students generally have little regard for the property and as such walls get damaged by things being put up (screw holes/marks from blu-tack, that sort of thing).

It gets to be a lot of effort, come the end of a tenancy, to get the house back into proper nick.


For sure. I'm going to edit my tl;dr to include this:

I rented from them last year as a college student and their listings specifically state that undergraduates (me) are allowed to rent their houses, the one I looked at included.

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Nice. Reading, but I don't see age anywhere. Looks like I might be out of luck
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For sure. I'm going to edit my tl;dr to include this:

I rented from them last year as a college student and their listings specifically state that undergraduates (me) are allowed to rent their houses, the one I looked at included.


Nice. Reading, but I don't see age anywhere. Looks like I might be out of luck

I thought you were in college.
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Ah well that's pretty clear. They're both a little wordy, so I reread them to make sure I got it.

EDIT:

From http://crc.ohio.gov/cf_intro.htm
"Age is not a protected class for housing discrimination."
Damn.

If the people you are trying to rent from accept federal subsidies it is.
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If the people you are trying to rent from accept federal subsidies it is.


Hmm I'll have to look at it. I'm interested now regardless of my involvement in it.
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Hmm I'll have to look at it. I'm interested now regardless of my involvement in it.


They'll claim that it's not your age they care about, but your status as a student. Teyll say that no matter how old you are, you can't rent that apartment as an undergraduate, but you can as a grad student.
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They'll claim that it's not your age they care about, but your status as a student. Teyll say that no matter how old you are, you can't rent that apartment as an undergraduate, but you can as a grad student.


Yeah probably. But now I just want to know. I've already looked at other places, but I'm interested.
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Yeah probably. But now I just want to know. I've already looked at other places, but I'm interested.


Good luck. At least make them pay for the gas because their website was misleading.
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Good luck. At least make them pay for the gas because their website was misleading.


Thanks! They were also misleading in person when they told me I could rent it but then I couldn't the next day