It was a crazy day yesterday. I cajoled Serge into posting the apartment for rent on kijiji. For those of you who don't know, kijiji is like Craigslist but in French. We had already gotten several calls from the Craigslist ad, but I like to reach the widest market, hence my cajoling him to post on Kijiji. Within minutes of him posting the ad, the phone started ringing off the hook. We decided to show the apartment for one hour between one and two in the afternoon. We had over 10 visits and at the end of the day we had four applicants for the apartment. This morning there are 10 more inquiries by email asking for a chance to visit. We'll run a check on the current applicants and if all goes well, we'll have a signed lease this evening. With all this response, I can't help feeling we priced the apartment too cheaply, but this is good to know for next time.
Two of the applicants refused to put their social security number down on the application. It's not impossible to run a credit check without it, but personally I'm put off by the attitude. You want me to enter into a $10000 contract with you, but you want to make it difficult for me to verify your credit history. One of these applicants who refused to put the ss# is on unemployment too. But don't worry, he wrote, he's got seven months left of unemployment benefits and surely he'll find a job by then. Oh and he's living at mommy's house and his reason for moving is "seeking independence". Still, we liked this guy in person, so he may end up getting it. I suppose we'll just take the one with the best verifiable payment history.
I was saddened to learn about Suzanne Pleshette's death yesterday. I have always loved her gravelly smoker's voice. So it wasn't too big a surprise to see that lung cancer had taken her. Another reminder to me about the terrible bad habit, and the necessity for extricating myself from it.