A man shared a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation between his cousin brother and landlord that has sparked outrage on the absurdity of the issue.
First, the broker said that his profile was approved but after the Bengaluru tenant was asked to share his marks cards for class 12, the broker informed the man’s cousin that his profile was now rejected. Apart from that, he was to share his social media profile, a scanned copy of the job offer where he works, documents such as Aadhaar Card and Pan Card, and a personal write-up of about 150-200 words, as per the landlord’s request. While a few of these requests may bring up red flags, it was the fact that he was rejected due to his school marks, that was the shocker.
The man asked if he could shift into the accommodation by the end of April and was then told that the landlord had withdrawn his previous offer. After the pandemic, when it was safe, offices reopened, so employees who lived in other parts of the country had to come back to the IT capital of India and find a place to stay.
"Marks don't decide your future, but it definitely decides whether you get a flat in banglore or not" pic.twitter.com/L0a9Sjms6d
— Shubh (@kadaipaneeeer) April 27, 2023
The landlord rejected the person’s accommodation as he scored 75 percent in class 12 and the owner was looking for 90 percent at least. Not all landlords will be asking for this, but the fact that it has happened has left many angered and left with the question of what else landlords could ask of them. People who were commenting on the screenshots shared to social media were saying that they would not at all be comfortable with sharing such information but would perhaps do it if they were desperate enough to find a place to stay.
It is often impossible to stick to a budget while staying in Bengaluru, and with the cost of basic necessities increasing, people can hope that the rent stays affordable and landlords do not ask intrusive questions.