Seven Vital Tips to Collect Tenant Debt – Part Five of Seven

Seven Vital Tips To Help You Collect Your Tenant Debt – Part Five of our Seven Part Series

by Bill Gray, Fidelity Information Corporation

Bill grayTake advice from someone who knows the tenant debt collection business:

Your debt recovery may depend on what you do before the tenant moves in!

Get the right information from your prospect before they move in, and you will always increase your debt recovery on the back end.


Avoid the “Company Name” Scam. If your prospect says “I would like to put the apartment in my company’s name, your mind should hear “RED ALERT! It is a common scam for people with bad credit or rental history to try to rent under a company name to prevent you from running their credit.

  • It is often far more difficult to collect a debt from a company than it is from an individual.
  • Even if the ‘company’ exists, you must go through proper channels to bind it to the lease.
  • If you do write a corporate lease, ALWAYS acquire the proper documentation to show the company is in good standing, and the person signing the lease is authorized to do so.

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