29 November 2007
A: No, there is no requirement to rent to the first person to meet your criteria. You are free to continue and accept additional applications from other candidates. From the pool of applicants you may select the best and most qualified applicant, without regard to timing of receipt of the application. Often an owner will have a single vacancy and have many qualified applicants to choose from. A thoughtful review of all applicants and their qualifications will allow you to select the most qualified tenant. Don’t let the pushy prospect bully you into making a premature decision.