When selecting your next tenant, consider way more than a credit score… As a property manager in Santa Rosa, CA, I am dedicated to finding the best possible tenants for my property owners. Since the market has become so active, new rules are evolving that were not evident in the recent past. Here’s just 6 of them: Rule 1: Don’t put as much weight on the credit score. Consider the content of the report. What are the liabilities? What is the current debt ratio to income? Rule 2: Talk to the past two landlords if possible. The current landlord may be eager to move this prospect out of his property. Rule 3. If pets are being considered, ask questions about barking, damage, etc. Rule 4: Ask if they smoke ANYTHING, not just tobacco. Rule 5: When verifying employment, ask about the job security for this individual (in a way that will evoke an honest answer). Rule 6. Make it perfectly clear that NO growing of marijuana is permitted at all, anywhere, certificates or not.