Originally Posted by Niner leprauchan
No company let's you rent a car and then demands that the passengers take their share of the cost though do they?
You've missed the point entirely.
My point is not that what I think the LL is doing is right.
It sounds like incredibly bad business from the LL and if I was the OP, I would walk away. Also - to say, the OP sounds perfectly reasonable and I think the LL is making a mistake by not taking them on, on their own.
I am arguing against the tone of some posters here (not the OP) that seem to think the LL has no right to put whatever controls they want in place before they lease it out.
My point is that it is an extremely valuable asset and the LL has the right to put any controls in place that he feels are necessary to protect it. Especially considering the fact that once they allow someone to get in the door, all the rights are on the tenants side so they are fairly powerless to do anything about it. So, as long as he's not asking for anything illegal like cash in hand to avoid tax or anything that could be classed as racist etc then that's his right. And if exercising that right lose's him what sounds like a perfectly good tenant in the OP, well then that's his loss.