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wantboost

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Some of my appilacants are collecting spousal support. Is it normal that I am hesitant what If there husband stops paying them or loses his job ?,

Also what your experiences with single moms that receive assistance from the government for there children...
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What if any tenant loses their job or stops paying? Even if the husband is there, he could be a bum and lose his job tomorrow. A single mom might be great at paying the rent because she knows how important it is to keep a roof over her kids' heads or has been involved with social services and knows she could lose her kids if she loses housing. 

We don't deal with government paid rent. We do have income requirements (we don't care about the source) that would screen out anyone who is simply not making enough. We also check credit which will also tell you how good she is at paying her bills.

It would be discriminatory to think of her differently because of her marital status or kids. You need to apply the same standards to her as you would to any applicant (income, credit, etc.).
wantboost

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The way I see it . If they have small kids and relie on government assistance they cannot get a job cause they have the kids to look after and cannot afford day care .
So if the ex stops paying child support. I am the last to get paid .
LLinVA

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You can see it however you want to, but it could be discrimination to not rent to her because of children, not being married, etc. It isn't for you to decide anything special about her circumstances. Stick to tried and true income and credit requirements, check for previous evictions, etc. That has nothing to do with anything discriminatory and will hold up if questioned, and protect you at the same time.
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