While no rental screening method is fool-proof, there are certain factors that you can consider to give you the best chance of finding a great tenant for your rental.
- Meet and Greet
Simply conversing with a potential tenant while showing them around your property is a good way to begin to know them. Ask what’s important to them in their home and what their expectations of the landlord will be. If someone else is showing your rental unit, be sure that you fully trust their evaluations.
- Follow the Law
Landlords must treat all prospective tenants equally. You should read and be familiar with The Federal Fair Housing Act, which is designed to prevent discrimination against certain classes of people in any activity related to housing.
- Choose a Tenant with Good Credit
If the prospective tenants are conscientious about paying their bills, there is a strong chance they will pay their rent on time and be responsible with the care of your property.
- Look at the Tenant’s Rental History
If possible, you should talk to at least two of the tenant’s previous landlords. If the applicant is a first-time renter, a student or a recent graduate, they may not have a rental history. In this case, you can require a co-signer for the lease.
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