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The American Apartment Owners Association is continually providing the most up to date information on tenant screening to assist property managers, landlords, and real estate professionals. Below you'll find the most recent articles on tenant screening to assist you with finding the best tenant for your rental. The articles vary in topics and include How to Find Quality Tenants, Tenant Background Checks: 4 Crucial Tips for Detecting Fraud, Using Facebook as a Tenant Screening Tool, and many more. The American Apartment Owners Association is also proud to provide discounted tenant screening services to its free and paid members. Our tenant background checks offer wide variety of data including credit report, eviction history, criminal background, telecheck verification, and SSN fraud check. Is there a tenant screening topic you'd like to know more about? Please contact us and let us know!


Your most important decision that will determine the success or failure of your rental is the person you put in the property. A bad tenant can potentially cause years of stress, headache and financial loss, while a great one can provide years of security, peace and prosperity. So, don’t underestimate the importance of renting to only the…


Much like the homebuying process, renting an apartment is no longer restricted to scanning the newspaper for printed listings or driving around searching for signs. These days, rental websites and mobile apps like Zillow, Apartments.com and HotPads bring the options directly to apartment hunters. Your time online doesn’t necessarily stop there, though. Renting is increasingly…


In ultra-competitive rental markets, some renters are going to extremes to snag (and keep) the apartment they want: paying a full year’s rent in advance, delivering their application with a bottle of wine, or offering to paint the walls and replace the cruddy carpet on their dime. But this isn’t the new normal just for New…


Question: How can I manage a troublesome tenant living in my investment property?Answer: By Carolyn Parrella, Executive Manager, Terri Scheer InsuranceAttracting the wrong type of tenant can make or break an investment experience for landlords. While bad tenants are the minority, they can cause major headaches for landlords. Tenants can become troublesome when they fail to…


I’ve been a landlord for what seems forever and I’ve been helping other landlords with their problem tenants for almost as long and it’s given me a ton of insight into the problems landlords get themselves into. They range from lack of paperwork to lack of follow up to simply being in over their head….


When you receive an application from a potential tenant, do you know how to recognize if that tenant will be a good (or bad) option? Here is a step-by-step process you can follow to find the right tenants for your properties, limiting the risk you take every time you say yes. Step 1 – Set…


Many people choose not to rent out their property here in Seward because they are scared about getting a bad renter. In our line of work as property managers, we have heard several of these horror stories.  Often, if the landlord had just followed through with these three steps, they would have had a completely…


Remember that time at an amusement park when you saw Madame Zelda with a crystal ball, who said she could use it to see the future? Well, fast forward from child to landlord, and we would still like a way to see into the future to know which applicant will make the best tenant. Good…


One of the greatest challenges of any landlord is finding tenants who will adhere to the conditions of the lease and pay their rent on time. To avoid housing discrimination complaints, it is crucial to abide by federal and state fair housing laws during the tenant screening process. The following guidelines will help you find…


It’s a little known fact that Dorothy’s Aunty Emm was renting the old farm house that blew away, and that poor landlord never received his insurance money! Okay, so maybe we’ve made that up. It’s no joke, however, when landlords end up with bad tenants who refuse to pay their rent, cause extensive damage to…

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