A bad tenant is like a mother-in-law who just won’t leave – only worse! Evictions are a slow, painful process, and the damage may be done before you can undo your bad decision.
Don’t hand over those keys until you have checked:
Credit Reports are not the only way to judge a tenant, but they do show, at a minimum, the applicant’s ability and willingness to commit to financial obligations.
Eviction History shows you what a current landlord reference might not – especially if they are eager to unload their problem tenant on you.
Criminal Background Checks protect you, your other tenants, and neighboring property owners. Nothing lowers your property’s rental appeal faster than giving the keys to a known at-risk tenant.
Avoiding Identity Fraud is a huge challenge today. Verify the information on the application – check employment and banking references, talk to the current landlord.
Go with your gut! Look for signs your applicant isn’t on the up-and-up:
Wants to pay in cash
Is in a hurry to move in
Doesn’t provide documents
Fails to complete sections of the application
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