Should the Owner and Tenant Meet Before Possession?

 
 

Should the Owner and Tenant Meet Before Possession?

We have two types of owners. Those who prefer that we handle every aspect of managing their property including tenant acquisition; and those who wish to be more involved, particularly in selecting the tenant for their rental.  At Progressive, we allow our owners to participate in certain aspects of the management of their property. Particularly having a say on the tenant who will be occupying their rental. However, we caution about the owner meeting prospective tenants.  Here is why. If an owner has already agreed to the qualifications and worthiness of a tenant, what good can come of them meeting?

If an owner meets a tenant that we have come to terms with and the owner does not like their smell, tattoos, clothing or anything unrelated to the actual application and approval process. Then the tenants may have grounds for illegal discrimination.  The fine for a first offence of discrimination is $17,000.  As far as I can tell, nothing good comes from the owner meeting the tenant after they have been approved.  It is plausible that an owner could meet a tenant before the application process and accept or deny for pre-stablished reasons but this seems to be putting the cart before the proverbial horse.