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post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Buster
I have to disagree. Assuming that the seller/owner can choose among a few renters, with everybody having decent credit score and a good paying job - you want to leave a good impression. Some people are aversed to certain looks For example, would you like to rent an apartment to someone that looks sloppy - I am not sure. I would assume the apartment would look just like him.
Probably not first on the list of criteria, but I know I considered that when I looked for an apartment.

Buster is right, of course. Housing discrimination on the basis of weight already has been shown by researchers.

This is solid advice.
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You want to project sense of being reliable and stable.

Perhaps you should wear something neutral - like slacks and buttondown shirt? I would avoid any high-fashion clothes.

Also, everything should be neat and clean, although a Style Forum participant likely already dresses that way. Similar to the prohibition on fashion items, don't wear a tight shirt, because that can suggest a "player." If you're neither obviously outgoing nor very reserved, keep the colors conservative (but not funereal). If you're comfortable going with a conservative hairstyle, please do so. Be polite and friendly and be on time, of course.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by kitonbrioni
Wear what you would to a cafe in that area.
Um, have you actually seen what most people wear to cafes in Hollywood?
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by DGP
Ok, so I am getting my first apt. soon (finally moving out of the hotel), and have some walk-throughs on Sat. (tomorrow). What is best to wear? I want them to have complete confidence renting to me, and, while I don't want to go in looking like a pimp, I'll be in Hollywood, so I want to have that "cool and successful" image, regardless of the truth. I had three thoughts: Gray suit (my "coolest"), white shirt, no tie, black Prada logo loafers (don't have many other times to wear them). Or linnen/cotton chinos, striped dressier shirt, brown Ferragamo lace-ups. And, last but not least, dark jeans, polo shirt, Bruno Magli boots. Or does it really not matter?

I would be wary of anybody who showed up in a suit just to go look at apartments.

I would think to myself, "This guy is trying to hard. Why? Is he trying to compensate for something- bad credit, got kicked out by his last landlord, etc.'''

Its usually the people who go waaay overboard who are the most trobule. I had one couple that produced statements from their previous landlord how they were perfect tenants and this same couple sent in a detailed letter explaining why they would be such good tenants. And, after running a credit check on them, they ended up getting rejected because of their poor credit history (the wife was on disablility due to illness and they had racked up major hospital bills). Usually, the possible tenants accept that the credit check is non-refundable even if they end up getting rejected as long as the credit check was run. But, this couple pestered and harassed about getting that money back.

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I have to disagree. Assuming that the seller/owner can choose among a few renters, with everybody having decent credit score and a good paying job - you want to leave a good impression. Some people are aversed to certain looks For example, would you like to rent an apartment to someone that looks sloppy - I am not sure. I would assume the apartment would look just like him.
Probably not first on the list of criteria, but I know I considered that when I looked for an apartment.

The tenants appearance would be superceded by income, credit history, pet owner, if the tenants are a family with kids or if they're a bunch of young friends living together, etc... It would be very unusual where those applicants matched up on everything else.

Even then, I wouldn't choose somebody over another just on appearances. Somebody can clean up nicely and still be a slob. A better indicator would be to check the person's car.
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