Is Income or Credit More Important?

Income verification (as well as employment verification) is not a very reliable tool when screening a tenant for the very reason that jobs are changed frequently and it doesn’t matter how much a person earns. An example of this can be clearly seen in the auto financing industry. Even though employment data is collected at […]

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Is Your Tenant a Drug Dealer?

A tenant who uses drugs or deals drugs can be a significant liability to your investment property, neighboring tenants, and community. Based on actual law enforcement tips, learn the warning signs of tenant drug dealers, crack houses, and manufacturers (meth labs) occupying your rental property. Tenants who do drugs and commit crimes can be a […]

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Tenant Screening Important Steps

Before you sign a lease and hand over the keys to your rental property, watch this video for essential steps every landlord should follow when screening a tenant. A tenant background check with credit reports, criminal records and an eviction search is only has reliable as the information you obtain from the applicant. It’s far […]

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HUD’s Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, released new guidance on April 4, 2016 regarding the Fair Housing Act and how it should be applied to policies regarding criminal background checks on tenants. HUD believes that landlords have the potential to have an impermissible disparate impact on certain protected groups. HUD has basically stated […]

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Screening Tenants without Discriminating

It may seem unfair to some, but tenants actually have more flexibility without recourse when it comes to choosing which landlord they do business with as opposed to landlords being able to use their own gut reaction. The legal reality is that landlords are limited in scope when making decisions. The three basic criteria in […]

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Screening for Sex Offenders

Surprisingly, many landlords just aren’t suspicious of their clean cut applicants. While it is imperative to give every applicant the benefit of the doubt, it’s also impossible to ignore the possibility of someone trying to slip through undetected – usually by having the roommate/spouse submit the application to win over the landlord and then the […]

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Should You Google Your Applicant?

There are many who claim the act of Googling applicants by searching for their online activities is a double-edged sword that may prove to be either insightful or insidious. Depending on how socially active your applicant is online, you may stumble upon more than you should know regarding personal information, especially in photos and comments […]

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