Caveat Caupo - Landlord Beware

Screening Rental Applicants

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:

  • full names
  • dates of birth
  • previous addresses for last 10 years
  • reasons for moving
  • references from previous landlords
  • current employer and income
  • employer reference
  • permission for credit check

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...

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