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    Basically, I rent 2 rooms and sublet the other one to subsidize the rent for my own room. (I've left uni now)

    The last tenant moved out on Friday, he was black, and funny, clever and worked for the government. I'm telling you this because I don't want to sound racist.

    I had a guy look yesterday and he wants the room for today. And I initially said yes. But he came with a friend because his English is not so good (but I didn't like the look of his friend) and he opened my room door by accident, which could happen I'll admit. But he's Romanian and they have a certain reputation... He says he's willing to provide passport, bank details and where he works (a mechanic he says for an agency) (I think he knew that I suspect something.)

    But I'm away now on holiday (so only my friend left upstairs to help me) and the house has recently been burgled, so I'm on edge.

    I could still back out today and refuse to give him keys (no money or proof of identity has exchanged hands)

    What do you guys think? Would you rent to a Romanian?
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    I wouldn't rent a room out to someone who seemed suspect.
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    Ask him to give you the contact info of his previous land lords. Ask them if he's a good guy.
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    I wouldn't rent a room to anyone I didn't feel comfortable with, regardless of their nationality.


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    if you're uncomfortable, don't do it just to prove something to other people.
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    Don't rent it. Say sorry but you've decided to pull out due to unforeseen circumstances (He probably wont understand that so won't question it)
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    (Original post by thisistheend)
    Basically, I rent 2 rooms and sublet the other one to subsidize the rent for my own room. (I've left uni now)

    The last tenant moved out on Friday, he was black, and funny, clever and worked for the government. I'm telling you this because I don't want to sound racist.


    But he's Romanian and they have a certain reputation...
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    Go with your instincts. No point renting a room to someone you're always going to feel uneasy about.
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    "But he's Romanian and they have a certain reputation..."

    But you arent a racist.
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    What's him being Romanian got to do with it?
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    People throw around 'racism' too much and it really pisses me off.

    Yes, the average Romanian is more high risk tenant than the average British tenant. That is the sad reality and no doubt there's plenty of stats to back it up. There are cultural differences in terms of how they 'generally' do business, which are unlikely to be preferable to a British landlord.Plus the fact Romania is outside of the EU doesn't really help. His English isn't very good, which suggests a low level of education and why is a Romanian mechanic in Britain?? I'm sure you could find a better tenant.
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    (Original post by Habibul Bashar)
    People throw around 'racism' too much and it really pisses me off.

    Yes, the average Romanian is more high risk tenant than the average British tenant. That is the sad reality and no doubt there's plenty of stats to back it up.
    To claim things such as this with no evidence can only be considered racism. If you can provide evidence to support this, maybe not, but at the moment you've just presented a negative view of Romanians.
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    You have racialised prejudices and assumptions about Romanians, which is unfortunate. However, if you are uncomfortable about it, don't rent it. It's really important that you feel very comfortable with your tenant.
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    (Original post by Habibul Bashar)
    People throw around 'racism' too much and it really pisses me off.
    Yeah, I was thinking about this as well
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    (Original post by thisistheend)
    Basically, I rent 2 rooms and sublet the other one to subsidize the rent for my own room. (I've left uni now)

    The last tenant moved out on Friday, he was black, and funny, clever and worked for the government. I'm telling you this because I don't want to sound racist.

    I had a guy look yesterday and he wants the room for today. And I initially said yes. But he came with a friend because his English is not so good (but I didn't like the look of his friend) and he opened my room door by accident, which could happen I'll admit. But he's Romanian and they have a certain reputation... He says he's willing to provide passport, bank details and where he works (a mechanic he says for an agency) (I think he knew that I suspect something.)

    But I'm away now on holiday (so only my friend left upstairs to help me) and the house has recently been burgled, so I'm on edge.

    I could still back out today and refuse to give him keys (no money or proof of identity has exchanged hands)

    What do you guys think? Would you rent to a Romanian?
    Its not about being Romanian - more I would never rent a room to someone I felt uncomfortable with. Trust your gut instinct!
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    (Original post by pjm600)
    To claim things such as this with no evidence can only be considered racism. If you can provide evidence to support this, maybe not, but at the moment you've just presented a negative view of Romanians.
    Right, so we have a choice between having a Romanian tenant and a British tenant. We know nothing about these people other than their nationality. Are we saying that this piece of information is completely useless?

    If we are mainly bothered about the safety of our possessions and having our rent paid to us on time, you would be better off on average picking the British person.

    The reasons for this are:

    1) The average Romanian is poorer than the average British person and without doubt the poorer you are, the more likely you are to steal things.

    2) The Eastern European approach to business dealings are more relaxed than the British approach, so the chances of rent being paid on time are less (would be fairly confident statistical evidence would support this).

    3) Romania is outside the EU, so chasing up any unpaid rent is likely to be much harder.

    Please just step back and evaluate the situation instead of saying OMG RACISM. Not everyone is the same and a homogenous group, who are all equal.

    Say I had some terrible phobia about keeping the house clean and it was essential that it was kept clean. I am told nothing about the 2 candidates except 1 is male, 1 is female. I'd be better off on average picking the female candidate because they are tidier on average. And, no doubt there is some statistical evidence out there backing this up.

    Say you had a life/death choice which you had to get right to stay alive. 2 randomly selected Premier League footballers to run a 100m race, one will be black, one will be white. Which one will you pick? You'd be a fool to not pick the black one, because 65-70% of the time the black one will win. But, you'd much rather just shout OMG WE'RE ALL EQUAL, YOU CAN'T MAKE A CHOICE.
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    Having logical stereotypes is not the problem, the problem is when you are unwilling to adjust them when new information comes to you which suggests you should adjust your stereotypes.

    For example, if presented with a choice of a random British or random Chinese tenant, I would initially choose the British one. Much for the same reasons I listed before, but also because I am likely to have more in common with the British one etc. However, I've got a good Chinese friend, who comes across as a decent guy and therefore it would be preferable for me to live with him rather than a random British person.

    Stereotypes exist for a reason and can be useful, the issue is when we are unwilling to forget stereotypes once we get to know someone.
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    (Original post by OU Student)
    What's him being Romanian got to do with it?
    This.

    If he seems dodgy, and has said he would give you his details but hasn't yet, then don't rent to him. I don't see how being Romanian has anything to do with it.
 
 
 
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