In this day and age, with strict laws protecting the rights of the tenant, it is more important than ever to properly screen your rental applicants. Sadly, there are the tenants from hell who know how to work the system and habitually live rent free for months at a time. They have every intention of using the eviction process to their full advantage. You do not want to ever find yourself in that situation.
The screen process should begin with a thorough rental application. The application should ask:
It is very important not to accept any information at face value. Verify everything that you can independently of the application.
The completed application is only the beginning of the rental application screening process. Call their employer using a direct company line, not the phone number provided. Speak to all the references provided. Time spent now could very well save you money and headaches down the road.
Make sure that every adult living in the rental fills out their own rental application.
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