Screening Tenants

By chrisrath • July 7th, 2010

All homeowners that rent a house or townhouse to others know that it is difficult to find the perfect tenant that keeps the house clean, does not damage property, and that pays rent on time. How can homeowners tell if a prospective tenant will do all these things?

The homeowner wants to know if letting a certain tenant live in their house will end up being a huge mistake, or if it will be beneficial to both parties. This is why it is very important to screen all possible tenants to find out if they are responsible enough to live in someone else’s house.

It is essential for the homeowner or their property manager to pay close attention to everything the potential renter says from the first time they talk until they move out of the house.

Criminal records play a big role in screening tenants. If the renter has any kind of criminal record, that tells the homeowner that maybe this tenant would not be the best choice to live in their house. Also, if a tenant has rented other homes before, it is a good idea to talk to previous landlords to get any extra information. That landlord would know if the renter was ever late paying rent, if they ever broke a piece of furniture, or if they ever had complaints about the dirtiness of the house.

Previous landlords know all about any problems the tenant might have had in the past, so new homeowners should check with them before renting their house to the new tenant.

One more thing that is important to know about a possible renter is if they are employed. It is a good idea to verify that they are employed where they say they work. Homeowners should contact the tenant’s employer to make sure they are telling the truth. This is important, because without steady work, the renter isn’t likely to pay rent on time!

About the author

chrisrath I enjoy helping people find that right home whenever faced with a relocation situation due to their job or even a major life event. Since I have access to a large inventory of homes for sale and also manage many properties in the northern Delaware region, it is easy for us to help anyone make a smooth transition into this area. I am a licensed Real Estate Agent and also manage my own company Rath Management where we locate, screen, secure, counsel, and communicate with the tenant and the investor throughout the entire leasing process to keep homes filled. Our company also manages maintenance issues, collects and forwards rent monies, and even helps with the dreaded eviction process in the event a tenant does not keep up with the terms. Chris Rath

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