Screen Your Tenants Exhaustively before Signing the Lease!

If you are an experienced landlord you know all too well how difficult it is to find tenants who pay their rent in full and on time, take good care of the rental unit, and get along amicably with both you and other tenants. Despite your best efforts it is more likely that you will have a number of tenants who look to take advantage of you at every opportunity. They violate the terms of the lease, anything from bringing pets, damaging the property through ill use, playing music at high volume at late hours, or calling you at all hours to complain that repairs are not being made. If it’s not one...

Can You Determine the Character of Your Tenant?

The ultimate question you must ask is, Will this rental applicant be a good tenant? Will he or she be responsible, respectful, and amicable? Or will he or she cause nothing but problems? Perhaps when interviewing prospective candidates you tend to rely on first impressions; you are someone with very good people skills and are adept at discerning which applicants would make suitable tenants. You’ve met with a particular candidate who was very polite and courteous, and you even shared a good laugh, so you have a very good feeling about him or her. Perhaps relying on your intuition has worked for...

Make Sure Your Tenant Is Forthright Regarding a Criminal History

First, we’ll need to confront a few unpleasant facts: each year in the U.S. 12 million crimes are committed, and approximately 5 million adults are currently on probation or parole. There are also those who committed crimes and were never charged, or who eluded conviction owing to flaws or errors in the legal system. Inevitably someone in these categories will apply to rent an apartment from you. Another rather unavoidable fact is that while some will indicate their criminal past, many others will choose not to do so. Because of this you will need to conduct a Tenant Background Check before...