Landlords Are Looking At Tenants' Social Media Posts And Tags

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The latest verification strategy for landlords is to search social media sites for information and pictures about tenants. Social media sites are a source of what people are like at home, work, and play. Many people place pictures that help describe their lifestyle, interests, and hobbies.

There are many examples of how social media pictures and posts have changed celebrity endorsements and public impressions for many publicly notable people. That has evolved into tech savvy landlords researching their prospective tenants to see what social media sites display. Sometimes the info is reassuring and sometimes it is enlightening.

If you are a tenant or a prospective tenant, the next time you are tagged in a picture, or referenced in a blog or post, consider how a landlord might contemplate that information. Your online image should agree with your application information.


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David Saks
(retired) - Memphis, TN

If you find your prospective tenant slamming down pilsner and dancing buffed in the "Spring Break Beer Bash" blog posts, it might be prudent to reject the application.

May 07, 2010 04:19 AM #1
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Employers are checking out these sites too. In our case, potential clients are looking before they choose their Realtor.

May 07, 2010 07:45 AM #2
Ken Kelly
Benchmark Mortgage - Chesterfield, VA

Seems to work both ways, but as always, you need to be careful about what you post on the internet, because it never really ever goes away.

May 10, 2010 02:37 AM #3
Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker & - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA

Posting blogs and blog comments might have an effect also.

May 11, 2010 01:39 AM #4
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