Tenant Screening

“Acknowledgement and Authorization” on the Rental Application

Credit reporting agencies, which are governed by the Federal Trade Commission and the Fair Credit Reporting Act require that every landlord obtain a proper Acknowledgment and Authorization from a prospective tenant – prior to being legally able to acquire his or her consumer credit file. Most rental applications sold online or in office supply stores […]

Tenant Screening

Employer Verifications and References

Don’t be surprised if you sometimes feel like verifying someone’s employment is like pulling teeth – especially among the larger companies that have their toll-free or 900-H.R. number hotlines that require a ridiculous fee to simply verify your applicant’s employment. Employers either don’t want to be bothered or are too paranoid about the potential legal […]

Tenant Screening

How to Search Criminal Records

The first step in searching criminal records is contacting the Clerk of the Court – which is an elected official, responsible for maintaining court records with the utmost care and security. These records are filed with the Clerk’s Office and include criminal felony and misdemeanor cases, civil, family, probate and small claims proceedings, juvenile cases […]

Advertising Your Vacancy

How to Write a Rental Property Classified Ad

Okay, you’ve got 20 words or less to get your phone to ring without lying about your luxurious beachside estate and its marble foyer that is only $750 per month. The tricky part of classified advertising is to have the reader become excited about the property by painting a picture of its virtues through the […]

Advertising Your Vacancy

Newspapers and Real Estate Publications

Here is where you need to begin seriously exercising caution with your fistful of dollars, because advertising space in print media can get very expensive and often yields little or no response. Even among the nation’s top Times, Tribunes, Chronicles and Posts, you can spend hundreds of dollars for a single tiny ad, only to […]

Advertising Your Vacancy

Word-of-Mouth Referrals

How many times can you recall learning about a new restaurant, vacation destination or cool new product in the midst of a casual conversation with a friend, relative, colleague… or even a complete stranger? That’s called word-of-mouth advertising and you’ve undoubtedly experienced its success first hand on many occasions. The problem is: How do you […]