Landlords…what am I doing wrong here?

Hello – I live on Northern California and I'm having a heck of a time renting a house. I make over six figures between my wife and I, our credit scores are both 680 or above, and we have excellent rental history. One potential landlord told us they didn't like the fact that we have two children and they

Hello – I live on Northern California and I'm having a heck of a time renting a house. I make over six figures between my wife and I, our credit scores are both 680 or above, and we have excellent rental history. One potential landlord told us they didn't like the fact that we have two children and they view kids worse than pets, and another potential landlord had us come view their house and then they'd determine if they wanted us to apply (I'm guessing to low key discriminate without discriminating). So what's the deal? Any suggestions? We have been searching for about a year, but always lose out to someone else.

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loanmasterone:
If what is true is stated in your statement is true, it is difficult to believe that you are being a rental.

These are the traits a landlord would be seeking as tenants.

Children is not normally a deterrent to being considered as a tenant.

It would appears as if there is something missing that is not apparent in your statement.

As a landlord, with the information you have indicated in your statement, I would not hesitate in selecting you as a tenant.

Of course if there are things on your credit or background report,this could and would be g a game changer.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.

"FIGHT ON"

Raymond L.:
If you make six figures why aren't you buying a house?
tro:
unless you are applying in a senior community they cannot deny you on the basis of your children, if you otherwise qualify for your income and credit score
Peter The Piper Uk:
People don't get "excluded from rentals" because they have kids. I actually like tenants with kids as they tend to be more stable, they are often there to stay – rather than singles who come and go.
if your credentials at as you say…………I can see no reason – but there is obviously 'Something' about you landlords don't like !
Unless it is in your credit / previous history try to think about what you are 'saying' when you view a property.
Good Luck !
babyboomer1001:
Have you both got good references? Perhaps, it is the children. Unfortunately, horrible, disrespectful children screw it up for the people who have well-behaved, respectful children. Perhaps, offering an additional $1,000 security deposit might help relieve their concern.
goz1111:
while Federal fair housing laws may or may not apply depending on the fact pattern, a quick search of NC fair housing laws seems to apply to a single family home rental, and clearly a LL cannot discriminate based upon children

That said not sure why you are being rejected with your income and credit score most LL would be happy to take a tenant like you

DR + Mrs Bears face:
Don't believe a word of that. No landlord would waste time as you describe.
DavidB:
I'm sure that discriminating against you because you have children is a violation of Federal law under the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
Elaine M:
The place with no kids probably had to do major reconstruction in the place after someone trashed it. They don't want to do that again.

Just keep looking, ask good questions when you view a place, ask about noise levels, neighbors, car parking, what the average heating bills are, etc. If you're not asking basics from the landlord they think you're first timers and may be more of a problem renting to than experienced people.

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