Anyone who rents an apartment knows how difficult it can be to find a house. Adding to the existing difficulties, house owners in the Karnataka capital have raised their demands and are now asking for tenants’ LinkedIn profiles and the colleges they graduated from.
Recently, a software engineer named Priyansh Jain shared on Twitter, screenshots of his conversation with a broker asking for his background details, adding that the owner wanted people from “specific backgrounds”. The tweet went viral but now stands deleted. Jain was looking for a single occupancy flat in Indira Nagar, Domlur or HAL area. While homeowners prefer tenants from a particular religion or having specific food habits or marital status, Jain was in for a surprise after the agent asked for his LinkedIn profile and rejected him as he wasn’t an IIT/IIM graduate.
The tweet amassed a lot of likes and comments. “Your parents must have forced you to study hard if you’re in IIT. “No, actually I got into IIT to get this apartment I’ve always wanted,” a Twitter user replied.
Arnav Gupta, an engineer, tweeted earlier this week: “Moving to Bangalore, and the house owner asked for our LinkedIn profiles. What level of @peakbengaluru behavior is this?”
Another tenant said he was told to show his salary slips. Three others received messages saying they were not “shortlisted” for a house. A few Twitter users also joked that tenants may soon be asked to submit “leaving certificates” issued by previous homeowners.