Tenant Screening – Track Down the REAL Landlord! (Part 2 of 5)

October 23, 2009

Landlord Tenant Relations

Tenant Screening Tenant screening can be very time consuming if you do a thorough job of it, but it’s well worth your time if it prevents you from having to evict your renters in the future.   Don’t misunderstand me – most applicants I’ve encountered are great and honorable people, but sometimes you come across a bad apple that will end up costing you thousands and thousands of dollars.  If you want to learn how to avoid these “bad apples”, tune in for the 5-part daily series about tenant screening.

Once all of the information listed in Tenant Screening – Don’t Let Them Lie To You! (Part 1 of 5) is collected, here’s how I proceed with verifying it:

Tenant Screening – Verify Address and Landlord information:

Since I’m a licensed real estate Broker, I have access to the on-line tax records via MLS.  If you are not licensed, ask a realtor you know to check the tax records for you, or reply to my blog and I will gladly help you.

  • Check the Driver’s License for the current address (one of the reasons I require copies of the driver’s licenses) and compare it to the address on the application
  • If the addresses on the driver’s license and the application match, check to see who owns the property, and if the name on the tax records matches the name of the landlord on the application
  • If you can find the landlord’s phone number on the tax records, use that number to call the previous landlord(s)
  • If the landlord’s phone number is not listed in the tax records, use ZabaSearch.com or the on-line white pages to find his/her phone number
  • If all you have is a phone number, or if you want to cross-check it, use the ReverseSearch.com phone number look-up service online

For Employment verification tips, please come back tomorrow and read Tenant Screening – Lies About Employment & Salary! (Part 3 of 5).

P.S.  If you have an experience or additional tips you would like to share, please do so.

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2 Responses to “Tenant Screening – Track Down the REAL Landlord! (Part 2 of 5)”

  1. Rossella Says:

    You do not have to file everything under your bptnruakcy but keeping certain loans doesn’t mean it will help your credit. Bankrucptcy does not leave your record for at least 7 yrs and people will hold it against you for sure. I don’t think there is a legal obligation for you to notify you landlord since you are already in residence, usually you need to notify them while filling out a new application. They can’t evict you unless you have failed to pay your rent or violated some other rule on your rental agreement. Look online, sometimes your local courthouse has workshops that help people going through this process or paralegals that volunteer time.

  2. http://w8sites.com/cindynelsonltd.com Says:

    I thought I’d have to read a book for a discovery like this!

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