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Tenant Screening: Make Sure You Get Calling References

July 3rd, 2013 · 2 Comments · tenant screening

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It’s summer and the hot weather has finally arrived.

The kids are out of school. You are planning your family vacation. Your thoughts are on your barbeque

With so much on your plate it’s tough to prepare your schedule and get everything done.

Oh, and you have rental properties to manage.

In the summer landlords often take their eye of the ball. Especially when renting to new tenants.

We want to remind our readers on how complicated it can be to evict a bad tenant.

And when you are dealing with a bad tenant life isn’t fun!

Get Back Into Landlord Mode

When screening tenants you have to go into ‘landlord mode.’ This means focussing 100% on your rental property business and finding great tenants.

Proper Tenant Screening

Make sure you do credit checks.

Also get on the telephone and start checking tenant references.

1.    Call their employer

Some tenants simply lie about where they work. Call their company and make sure what they say is true. Also, make sure you check you are actually talking to their employer and not to a ‘friend’ who is acting as the tenant’s supervisor.

2.    Call previous landlords

This can be a loaded gun but it’s still worth it. Call the previous (or current landlord) and ask them if the rent was paid on time and how they took care of the property. Remember, the landlord might give the tenant a glorious recommendation…because they want the renter out of their property.

3.    Call personal references

Similar to point #2 this is a loaded gun and you need to be a bit suspicious of whatever you hear. It’s still worth it though. Ask personal references how long they have known the tenant applicant and see what else they tell you. Again, if the friend gives an over the top recommendation it can be a red flag.

Enjoy your start to summer. Good tenant screening will help you enjoy the rest of it.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TOlord // Jul 3, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Do not let the heat keep you from working hard in this industry!

  • 2 lord // Jul 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Good article.

    Hot weather can lead to poor decisions.