Tenant Screening: A Must for your Property!

Tenant Screening: A Must for your Property!

  • Posted: Oct 12, 2016
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If you want to minimize the risk in your property investment business, you should understand that a key to your success isn’t just buying the right investment property.

it’s finding the right property management–whether that’s you, or someone you hire. And a critical component of property management is finding the right tenant for your real estate investment property, which means tenant screening should be at the top of your priority list. Here are five things you can do to ensure that your tenant screening process helps you identify the best tenants and weed out the bad ones.

1. Let applicants know that tenant screening is mandatory.

Just hearing the words “screening process” will make some potentially bad renters self-filter and save you time.

2. Use your tenant screening process consistently.

A systematic and comprehensive screening process that you apply objectively to every applicant will protect you if someone claims you violated the Fair Housing Act. It will also help you to screen out bad renters.

3. Decide what your minimum qualifications will be, and stick to them.

Will you have income requirements so you have some assurance that your tenants can make their rental payments? Will you accept tenants with criminal records? What if they haven’t had any arrests for more than ten years and a steady job? Think about these issues, make a decision, and apply them consistently.

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