Re: Screening tenants - Posted by speednxs
Posted by speednxs on April 21, 2006 at 16:11:27:
By all means run a credit check. It?s funny how prospective tenants suddenly remember financial problems when you tell them you are running a credit check. I suppose screening companies are good about criminal records, evictions and other stuff. You can google them as well.
If you have one or two expensive Single Family Residences s you will probably want to check them out more extensively than if you have a 40 unit low income apartment complex.
Check references by phone. I try to write down standard questions so I won?t blank out in the interview.
Do they smoke?
Do they have pets? Destructive?
Do they have kids/step kids (not to mention live in boyfriends/girlfriends)? How many? Are they well behaved?
Are you related (unless the application reference says ?brother?)?
Are they financially responsible?
Do they have a stable job situation?
How long did they live in their last rental? The one before?
Would you rent your home to them?
Some people try to get cute and stop by their current rental. ?Gee you, left the license plate number off your application and I just happen to be in the neighborhood. Could I get a glass of water, just lead me to the kitchen.? If the place is a wreck, the solution is obvious. At least take a look at their car.
Sure, their references will lie for them, but they don?t necessarily know the lies the other references are telling.
Talk to the current landlord, but this can be very iffy. If they are the tenants from heck, the landlord will give them glowing marks just to get them out. Try to talk to the landlord before the current one. Remember to ask if the landlord is related to the tenants.
Did they pay the rent on time?
Would you rent to them again?
Did they treat the property respectfully?
Did they get their cleaning deposit back?
Get a photocopy of their drivers license. This should have date of birth. Photocopy their check front and back if they give you a deposit. They are asking you to trust them with an asset worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. When it comes time to paying for damages/cleaning you?ll be glad you got this up front. I?m sure you?ve always wanted to say ?Vee need zeese information for our files?.