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Screening Potential Tenants

Screening Potential Tenants

Screening Potential Tenants

When deciding to rent your home in Timber Pines there are numerous questions you should ask to begin the process of screening potential tenants. Before you advertise your place you should know exactly what you want in a tenant, and what the rules will be, thus you will be prepared in advance when screening potential tenants.

Of course you are going to run a credit check and a background check on anyone who fills out your application. But before you even get to that point, there are questions you can ask any potential renter that may help you decide if you even want to get to an application. Get a feel for their answers, such as hesitations or just a gut feeling you may have that they are not being totally honest with you.

  • Ask them their full names. If they just want you to call them by their first names, this might indicate they have something to hide.
  • Ask them where they work, and if you can contact their employer. Obviously you want tenants that are employed, and if they are not willing to let you talk to their boss, maybe they don’t have one.
  • How many people will be living in the apartment or house? Are there children and if so, how old are they? You don’t want a family of eight moving into your one bedroom apartment.
  • Do they smoke? If they do, will they be smoking outside? Smoke can really mess up the walls and any furnishings you might have.
  • Why are they moving? Does their answer sound reasonable?
  • Explain that you will need to contact their landlord. If they have a bunch of excuses why that is not a good idea, that will be a huge red flag.
  • Do they have any pets, and if so, what are they? If you have a no pet policy, this should be explained upfront.
  • Ask for their social security number. They should have no trouble providing it.

You will probably want to think of some other questions on your own that pertain to issues you may have. Just remember that there are certain things you can’t ask. Be sure and check out the laws for the Fair Housing Act. The more information you can get upfront, the more time you will save screening out people who are just not right for your rental property.

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Scott SchaeferBelieving a private real estate agency that would exclusively focus on Timber Pines, that would utilize advanced web technologies and innovative Internet marketing strategies, would significantly outperform all other competing real estate agencies, Scott Schaefer founded Real Estate Timber Pines in late 2013. He now directs innovations in technology, search engine optimization and Internet marketing for the Timber Pines real estate agency, producing a more vibrant real estate market, which he believes benefits those buying a home in Timber Pines and those selling homes in Timber Pines alike. Schaefer developed a great deal of the website design, web marketing and search engine optimization experience needed for the Timber Pines real estate firm while with web design firm Lexington Development. The real estate and real estate marketing expertise needed to make this real estate agency successful were developed by Schaefer while with Dallas home builder, Lexington Luxury Builders from 1996 to 2009. The blending of the two diverse skill sets of new technology and old fashioned real estate skills is making Real Estate Timber Pines the unquestioned market leader in Timber Pines real estate.View all posts by Scott Schaefer →

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