Free Rental Application Download

Free Rental Application Download

Having the right rental application is a very important first step when screening a tenant. It ensures you not only obtain the necessary information, but the proper authorization to request credit reports and much more. The following is an explanation of each section found in a standard rental application by AmerUSA.com that anyone may use. […]

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How to Check Tenant Credit Report

How to Check a Tenant’s Credit Report

For purposes of this discussion, we will be focusing on the needs of home-based landlords (not professional companies). The small landlord has been given limited options over the years to obtain tenant credit reports. This is due to the requirements set forth by the major credit bureaus, but now individual landlords have two options to […]

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How to Report a Bad Tenant

How to Report a Bad Tenant

When warranted, every landlord would like to report a negative payment status or a troubling experience with regard to a recent tenant. However, contrary to the claims of many companies online, most cannot. Consumer Credit Reporting: Unless you have been inspected and approved as a commercial subscriber to the major credit bureaus, you cannot report […]

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How to Search Criminal Records

How to Search Criminal Records

Determining whether or not a prospective tenant has a history of criminal behavior is obviously important. This is not just to protect landlords and their property, but also any neighboring tenants and the community… Free and Paid Research: For your benefit, we will be discussing how to search records on your own for free. In […]

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Rental Application Fee

Charging a Rental Application Fee

What is a rental application fee?: It is a fee paid by a prospective tenant at the time he or she formally applies to rent a property such as an apartment or a single family home. Why is one charged?: The fee is intended to help cover the costs associated with screening a tenant. This […]

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Surety Bond vs Security Deposit

Surety Bond vs. Security Deposit

Due to escalating move in costs for rental property over the past several years, some landlords are accepting surety bonds in lieu of a security deposit. What is a surety bond? It’s a one-time, nonrefundable bond premium paid to a surety provider to act as a third-party guarantor. So if the tenant causes any damage, […]

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Eviction Record Search

How to Search Eviction Records

Eviction records are essentially just civil court cases filed by landlords against tenants to regain possession of a rental property because they violated the terms of a lease agreement. In order to find out if such a case has ever been filed against someone, there are two options: Option 1: If you know where the […]

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