Tenant Screening – How Messy Are They? (Part 4 of 5)

October 25, 2009

Landlord Tenant Relations

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 – Inspect Tenant’s Current Living Conditions:

How can you tell if the applicants will maintain your property in a good condition?  You send a friend to inspect the interior of their current residence, of course.  Have the friend knock on the door and ask for John or Mary.  As the door is opened, your friend can quickly Tenant Screeningassess the interior condition of the property, which will give you a pretty good idea of how well these tenants will maintain your place once they move into it.  Your friend will be told that neither John, nor Mary lives there, and that will be the end of it.

As far as the exterior goes, you can drive by the property yourself, or have your friend take some photos for you.

Yes, doing this involves a little trickery, but unfortunately some renters just don’t take care of the properties they lease.  As a landlord, it can end up costing you thousands of dollars to repair the damage, so sometimes it is necessary to take certain precautions.

For Credit Report verification tips, please come back tomorrow and read Tenant Screening – Things Tenant Won’t Tell You! (Part 5 of 5)

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

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