Show055: 7 Tenant Screening Tips To Help You Get The Best Tenant

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Tenant Screening Tips

Today's show is geared to the self managing landlord.  So whether you are currently managing your properties or plan to in the future, we discuss some of the most important aspects of tenant screening to ensure that you are choosing the best tenant out of your application pool.

Tenant screening can be one of the most intimidating aspects of landlording because it is the process by which a landlord chooses and turns over his/her investment to another.  Many times, rookie investors may rent to the first person that shows interest because they want to be getting money back into their pocket as soon as possible.  What's important to understand is that in some cases it may be better to hold out for a good tenant then to let anyone in your property.

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In the show we discuss,

  • The important of tenant screening
  • verifying employment
  • Running a debt to income ratio to qualify
  • criminal background checks
  • why you must actually call the references and previous landlords
  • and more...

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  • Joe B

    Reply Reply September 18, 2016

    I have a question about how the functions. If a prospective new tenant does not have access to their email, can the landlord start the screening process without their involvement? This is assuming that their application has enough information and that they consented to the background and credit check.


    • Emily

      Reply Reply March 28, 2018

      Hey Joe,

      From my understanding of either the landlord can initiate the screening process or the landlord can pass that initiation process on to the tenant. The positive to having the tenant initiate it is that when it pulls credit it would be a soft pull for the tenant if they are the ones requesting it!

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