tenant screening: Failing to Check References Can Cost You - 04/22/14 11:32 AM
As in any business practice, checking candidate references is highly recommended as a component of your tenant screening process. Contacting prior landlords and personal references can be done pretty quickly and with minimal expense to the landlord. The data acquired through reference checking matches the data received from employment verification, identification verification, credit history, public stories, and other background tests. Calling the existing landlord may disclose an upcoming eviction or serious lease violations which could cause trouble for you.

Before checking references, it is often helpful to make a worksheet of issues you want to cover. Having a prepared script will … (1 comments)

tenant screening: Tenant Criminal History is Critical - 04/29/13 02:09 AM
How Prior Criminal Drug History Can Affect the Landlord
 
Knowledge of prior criminal charges is a critical factor to consider when you are evaluating new rental applicants.  Studies show that those with drug convictions are far more likely to reoffend than those with any other type of conviction.  Leasing to a person with a criminal record relating to drug usage or distribution can lead to damages on your property as well as a bad reputation on your dwelling.  You could be faced with spending much more than a simple $18 to decontaminate a dwelling where certain drugs have been manufactured … (0 comments)

tenant screening: Tenant Screening Is Quick and Painless - 04/18/13 07:00 AM
A close friend of mine just rented out her house without conducting any tenant screening.  Now this didn’t baffle me just because I operate a tenant screening company :), but for someone that I consider remarkably intelligent and responsible, I was mystified about how she could take such a nonchalant approach to trusting tenants.
Without properly screening a new tenant a landlord can end up losing far more time and money than they gain.  My friend is one of those landlords that assumes this would never happen to her because “she is a good judge of character and knows whether a … (1 comments)

tenant screening: New Lawsuit Landlords Need to Know About - 04/06/13 01:45 AM
A new lawsuit in Washington state illustrates how critical it is for landlords, property managers, and tenant screening companies to know the specific tenant screening laws that apply in every state. The ACLU has filed suit against Yardi, a prominent tenant screening company, for rejecting tenant applications due to criminal records that were more than 7 years old.  Under Washington's tenant laws, an applicant cannot be denied residence due to a criminal record older than 7 years.  Read a news report on this case here.
By and large, private landlords have no idea that most states have laws that explicitly limit … (4 comments)

tenant screening: New Landlords: Avoid The Scams! - 04/05/13 02:10 AM
The idea of owning an income property and renting it out sounds very appealing to most people. What a great way to earn extra income, and in some cases potentially have the mortgage of your property paid by the tenant’s rent money! It’s the American Dream with the added feature of a passive income stream. This is definitely possible, and many property owners have successfully accomplished this. Through a combination of excellent intuition, tenant screening by “feel” and just plain luck, there are landlords who have longtime trustworthy tenants or a series of good tenants in their properties for years without any major … (0 comments)

tenant screening: The Guide to Tenant Screening - 03/28/13 03:44 AM
No single decision that you make as a landlord will affect your business outcomes more than your choice of tenants. While the right tenant can help you turn your income property into the hassle-free money-maker you're hoping it will become, placing the wrong tenant in your rental can actually cost you thousands of dollars. Avoiding unpaid rent, legal fees, turn-over costs, and major property repairs are major goals for property owners and often factor heavily into the decision to hire a property manager.
When it comes to finding a tenant who will pay his or her rent on time, take good … (0 comments)

tenant screening: Rent Without Fear - 03/18/13 01:38 PM
As a landlord, you obviously have every right to pick your own tenants, and you’re certainly free to set very high standards for the type of tenants that you want.  But being a landlord necessarily, and unfortunately, opens you up to potential claims of discrimination or unfair renting practices.  Through my time operating a tenant screening service, I’ve heard some crazy stories about threats of litigation, slander in the community, and other unfortunate consequences of choosing not to rent to an applicant.  Here are a few thoughts that every landlord should keep in mind when renting out his/her property:
You will … (4 comments)

tenant screening: Investigate Your Tenants Without Violating The FCRA - 03/05/13 12:45 AM
There is a substantial body of law regulating what consumer reporting agencies can and cannot report for purposes of tenant screening.  The overarching statute is the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.  Landlords should be aware of these regulations as they explore their tenant screening options.
The FCRA defines consumer reporting agencies (CRA’s) as “…any person which, for monetary fees, dues, or on a cooperative nonprofit basis, regularly engages in whole or in part in the practice of assembling or evaluating consumer credit information or other information on consumers for the purpose of furnishing consumer reports to third parties, and which uses … (1 comments)

tenant screening: Learn From My Mistakes - 02/24/13 07:06 AM
I’ve been renting property for nearly 10 years now.  Over those years, I’ve made more mistakes that I personally care to admit.  On the bright side, those mistakes helped lead me to launch AccuRental Tenant Screening so that I could help landlords avoid the pitfalls that I ran into as a “green behind the ears” landlord.
First, landlords who don’t treat running their rental properties as a business often make painful and expensive mistakes that business owners don’t.  As a landlord, you’re not a charity organization.  You’re not a homeless shelter.  Certainly, this does not mean you cannot have a heart, … (5 comments)

 
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