Tenant Screening Tips

There are many tenant screening tips that can be beneficial to you long term in the real estate business. When looking for tenants to rent your properties, you want to be sure that they are individuals that you want to be able to form a professional relationship, often long term. You want to be able to trust many factors, that they will treat your property with respect, pay their rent on time and not cause you any unnecessary issues while they are a tenant in your property.

Key Tips

There are some tips that I can give you when interviewing with new tenants that you may not have previously thought of. One that may not come to mind for everyone is to walk the applicants back out to their car after you speak with them. If they keep an unkept vehicle, they will commonly treat your property the same way. Also, instead of asking them whether or not they have an animal, ask them how many animals that they have. This is a good way to catch them off guard because if they do have animals, they will assume that you already know about them. Do not let them try to assure you that their animal lives elsewhere, this will not be the case. The animal will live on the property that you are leasing and should be tied to the application as such.

Background Checks

Background checks are extremely important when verifying possible tenants for your properties. Always, with no exceptions, do a credit and a background check on any tenant and all adults that will be possibly occupying your properties. Do not accept anyone that has a history of being a felon to rent at any of your properties. They will normally violate your HOA and cause general problems for you and your property. You will also need to be up to date on other laws in your areas concerning things such as service dogs. Service dog laws are generally different state by state. There are only certain animals that will be considered a service animal by the state and they need to have the proper papers in order as well. You subsequently cannot charge them any kind
of additional deposit or pet rent for any service animal.

Conclusion

Understanding these initial key tips for screening possible tenants will help you long term find the best tenants and save you headaches down the road. Paying attention to the small details in the beginning is a good way to make sure that you will have the right tenants moving in in the first place and be able to move forward with a rental agreement with less issues to worry about during their lease period. This may seem like a lot of paperwork in the short term, but there will be even more paperwork in the long term if you do not take these steps from the start of the process. This is also a good reason to look into possibly hiring a solid management company for your properties to handle all of the screening for you.