Essential Tenant Screening Tips

Essential Tenant Screening Tips

You need to find out as much as you can to decide whether a potential tenant is a good fit for the property. For all of your tenant screening needs, call AIR Pre-Employment Screening Services.

As a landlord, property manager, or homeowner, your priority is to protect the property you’re responsible for. You need to find out as much as you can to decide whether a potential tenant is a good fit for the property. You can do this one of two ways: you can perform the process yourself and hope you don’t miss anything, or you can partner with a reputable, responsible background screening company. For all of your tenant screening needs, call AIR Pre-Employment Screening Services.

Application

For starters, every interested tenant should fill out an application. The application should ask some basic preliminary questions, such as: name, current address, number of tenants, pet information, job information, and more. When you are trying to decide which tenant to choose, these applications can help you to differentiate and remember who is who.

Background Check

It is important to know if a potential tenant has a criminal history. As a homeowner or property manager, it is your job to protect the property from potential damage. Performing a background check will help you do that.

Credit Check

When checking a potential tenant’s credit history, don’t just glance at the person’s credit score and move on. The type of debt a person is in is far more telling than their credit score. Student debt is far more constructive than credit debt. In fact, a large percentage of professionals in the workforce today have some amount of student loan debt.

Verify Rental History

If the applicant has rented before, with their permission, you should obtain their rental history. You will want to know the condition of the unit, whether they followed the rules, if they paid rent on time and other things like that.

Contact their Employer

Believe it or not, not many landlords actually contact an applicant’s employer. You can learn a lot about potential tenants if you talk to their employer. You may not be able to get salary history or anything like that, but at the very least you can verify that the person is actually a current employee. You can also ask for a recent pay stub to verify salary information.

BACKGROUND SCREENING TO GIVE YOU THE BEST APPLICANTS

AIR Pre-Employment Screening Services is ready to provide you with quality tenant screening for all of your properties, including driving record screening, criminal records searching, drug testing, identity verification, and even screening personal and professional references. We have over 20 years of experience in our field, and we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service, incomparable accuracy, and quick reporting. For more information on our services, contact P.J. Davis at pjdavis@air-prehire.com, call 410-654-5665, or visit our website at http://www.air-prehire.com/. For more hiring tips and articles like this, follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Google+.

 

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