RenterBall is not a blacklist site

Landlords cannot look up tenants’ profiles or read their feedback.

Tenants have to make a deliberate choice to apply on a landlord’s advert, unlocking their profile and in the process, if they no longer want that landlord to see them they can cancel their application.

RenterBall blocks bad tenants from Renting

With our goal in mind to not be a blacklist site and to stop bad tenants from reoffending, RenterBall had a choice of what tenant behaviours should we have programmed into the website that would physically block the tenant account from renting again?

Should there be any?

Or should it be the landlord’s exclusive decision if they wish to rent to somebody after reading their profile

And the simple conclusion was

“ nope”

A landlord account should not be able to see a tenant’s application if that tenant has a debt feedback and is not on a payment plan.

Why should a landlord have their time wasted by someone who owes their current or previous landlords money and are not on a payment plan.

The only time a tenant account is blocked from signing a RenterBall agreement or applying on adverts is if they have feedback declaring they owe a debt to a landlord.

No sob story is ever good enough, I’m sure we’ve all experienced it, a tenant coming up with excuses to your face of why some misfortune happened to them and next time they will do better.

Put your foot down, draw a line in the sand.

Landlords should Never rent to a tenant if that tenant is unable or unwilling to deal with their debts to their previous landlords

If as a selfish landlord you think stuff the previous landlord, not my problem as long as the tenant pays me my rent, I’m good.

In the short term, you are correct, as a landlord myself I selfishly believe in that and to be honest, I have taken on tenants who I believe have cost their previous landlord money. Knowing that  I would put the tenant on whatever scheme or system that would mean they wouldn’t cheat me, a great guarantor is my current favourite.

But then it comes down to the prisoner’s dilemma phenomenon.

By me being unable to take on somebody else’s bad tenant it makes it that you cannot take on my bad tenants, so overall as a collective group landlords are better off if tenants know they cannot trick a new landlord into having them.

Recap for those who do not know about the prisoner’s dilemma, it goes something like this.

Two bank robbers have been arrested.

If they say nothing, they both get 5 years each

One testifies against the other and gets 1 year and the other gets 10

If they both testify against each other, then they both get 10 years

As the prisoners are kept separated, they don’t know what the other is going to do

Collectively say nothing is the best outcome as a group but if one of the bank robbers testifies risking that the other person does not testify against them, they will only get 1 year

RenterBall needs to be the third party who says “NO”

You are both getting five years, if you betray the other you’ll be shanked in the showers

If landlords are no longer selfish, we will all be richer and have happier lives knowing bad tenants cannot rent again

In the short term, we have issues such as If we declare a bad tenant to be bad they will not move out early and you could be forced to use bailiffs. Declaring them to be good could help them secure new accommodation and no longer be your problem.

As a landlord, you must think this is clearly tempting, but the response has to be

“Think of the long game”

By declaring they are bad, means they will have to pay up eventually, if it’s not this year, it could be in five years’ time as more landlords come on board with RenterBall. The net will tighten and bad tenants can only escape if they leave the country or no longer rent again.