A friend knows the owner and the owner was complaining that nobody was applying for the property. Meanwhile I know of two people who definitely applied and where knocked back by the property manager. When I very carefully and discreetly prodded the property manager while offering her a job for a higher salary she let me know that the agency that she worked for did not allow her to recommend tenants who low balled, but that she had to go and check the references and call employers of everyone who applied so that in bothering all those people, potential tenants would be discouraged from applying for to many properties with low ball offers. It makes sense from a real estate agent principals point of view. All agents work like that, they are all guilty of it.