Every landlord wants a tenant who pays their rent on time
and respects their property. Tenant screening is very important in the rental
process. Renting to the wrong applicant can be a very expensive mistake.
So how do you select a responsible tenant? The best way to find these tenants is
through some basic tenant screening techniques.
Lease or Rental Application
and a credit report are important tools for good
First make sure the application includes questions that you feel are important
to renting to the person. It is very important that the application be filled
out completely. Honest applicants will be happy to answer all your
Once you've ordered the
you can begin to verify the information your
the prospective tenant provided. By comparing the information on the credit
report to the information on the application, you can determine if your
prospective tenant has been truthful with you or not.
Part of your screening process should also include contacting all references
including the previous Landlord and the current Employer.
work history including the length of employment, position and income. Then make
sure their work history matches up with their residence history.
is on the rise. Take extra measures to ensure the
identity of the person.
Ask to see appropriate ID for example:
Make sure the
signatures on the applicant’s ID matches the signatures on your rental
Many problems can be eliminated with a good screening process. As a landlord you
have the legal right check your prospective tenants credit report.
A tenants credit history can alert you to potential problems and provide you
with crucial information your applicant may otherwise be trying to hide. Become
a member and you can order your prospective tenants credit report.