Performing a Tenant Screening for First-time Renters

Most of the rental applicants you encounter will have some history of past tenancies. However, there will be those occasions when you come upon first-time renters, typically recently graduated college students who are seeking their first apartment. Unfortunately these renters do not have a rental history, but that does not mean that you should automatically disqualify them from consideration. TenantAlert.com can show you what tenant verification checks you can still make, and we’ll also suggest steps that you and the applicant can take to ensure a good landlord-tenant relationship. Most students...

Verify the Background of Your Tenants before Renting

You are the owner of an apartment or apartment building and wish to rent your units to reliable tenants. In the past you have encountered tenants who were negligent in paying the rent on time each month, or who, once delinquent in their rent, simply abandoned the property, often leaving behind considerable damage that a security deposit could not possibly cover. What if your tenants often had loud parties in which neighbors needed to call the police? Even worse, what if they were engaged in illegal activities involving drugs or sex? You can quickly see how an ideal revenue source can turn nightmarish....