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...

Check Your Tenant’s Credit Report Before Signing the Lease!

One of the greatest concerns when renting one of your apartments is finding someone who will be capable of paying the rent in full and on time. Perhaps too often you’ve encountered those tenants who only pay a little bit on the first of the month, with promises (often empty) to pay the rest later in the month, or just until that next paycheck comes—you’ve probably heard all the excuses by now. It’s also equally important to find someone who has enough money in the bank to pay the rent if hard times come—and not the sort of person likely to squander what is in that bank account on...