Originally Posted by tpi2007
But he is wrong
And also right
Why are you ok with a disgusting shortcut when a much simpler method has existed for ages? Demand two months rent in advance (three at most), which count as payment for the first month and a reserve if you don't pay subsequent months. If by the agreed date on any subsequent month you don't pay the rent, the landlord has more than enough time to evict you and not lose money. The eviction lawsuit should be modernised in the countries where it still hasn't in order to speed up the process so that this works. You don't take shortcuts, you just need to make the system better, not go backwards.
This whole low cost mentality where people will let go of anything in order to get a plate of soup is going to cost society dearly in the end. And as always, it's the poorer people that will suffer the most. Rich people will buy the house and keep their privacy.
And for jobs (the other project this startup has) there are letters of recommendation from your previous employer. First time employees will always be a risk that is only mitigated by your resume to a certain point (what school / college you attended, if you were a good student, etc), it's not by giving away everybody's privacy that you solve that problem, it's just something that you have to account for as an inherent risk in life.
Oh. Have you ever evicted someone? Probably not because you would know its near impossible.
You have to get a court order for an eviction. That means that you not only have to show that they have not paid (which is actually very difficult to do because it ends up becoming the court has to believe that you did not pocket the money), but then generally the court will try to beat around the bush and stall to give the tenant more time.
Then once you are permitted to give the eviction notice, the tenant can challenge the eviction in court which could take months.
So yeah. If I can show that some shmuck has a vacation in mexico before paying me rent, it could save MONTHS of time in court and a heck of a lot of paper work too.