One of the most common problems that landlords face across the United States is having tenants that keep trashing their rental properties.
Sadly, many landlords give up on owning rental properties because they grow tired of having to deal with the hassle of having tenants that don’t care about their rental homes.
Thankfully, landlords everywhere can eliminate the hassle of having tenants who trash their rental properties especially if they follow these tenants’ screening tips.
Tenant Screening Tips
Tip #1 – Develop your tenant screening criteria then follow them – This is important because it’s easy for landlords to get accused of discrimination especially if they apply different screening procedures from one tenant to another.
Tip #2 – Look For Gaps In Employment Or Rental History – Every rental application should flow from one year to the next. If there are gaps in rental or employment history of months, or years, this should be a warning sign and something that you question because it could mean that the tenant has something to hide.
Tip #3 – Verify Income Sources – Another important thing to do when screening tenants is to verify their income sources. This is important because, in the internet age, it’s easy for any tenant to print fake checks and the only way to verify income sources is to physically call to ask if those tenants are still working for their employers.
Tip #4 – Check Social Media Profiles – Social media is a blessing and a curse in today’s world because even though people use it to connect with others, some people don’t think twice about posting pictures of their parties or possibly illegal activities. This is why you should always check a tenant’s social media account because this will help you to know in advance if they might be someone you would not be interested in renting to.
Tip #5 – Make Sure They Sign And Complete The Rental Application – Never accept a rental application without the tenant signing and completing it. This is vital because a rental application that’s not signed or completed should cause you to question what the tenant is trying to hide so it’s best to make sure that you get a completed application with each tenant.
Contact RPM Central Valley
At RPM Central Valley we take pride in offering professional property management services for the Central Valley area for cities like Modesto, Stockton, and everywhere else in between.
Our company takes pride in serving the Central Valley community by providing property management service that is an asset to landlords and tenants.
For more information about the services that we can offer you, contact us today by calling (209) 572-2222 or click here to connect with us online.