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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!


New protections for St. Paul renters are likely to be found unconstitutional, a judge wrote Monday as he ordered the city to stop enforcing its ordinance while a lawsuit is pending. The ordinance, branded as the S.A.F.E. Housing Tenant Protections, limits the ability of landlords to consider evictions, credit histories and criminal histories when screening applicants for…


Self-employed renters naturally strike fear in a landlord’s heart. Sure, we admire their moxie. But what about paying the rent? What about the ebbs and flows of business? How can you be sure a dip in sales won’t leave them weeks or months behind on paying up? The same goes for freelancers, gig workers, and all…


While landlords have the final decision on which tenants to place in their rental properties, there are certain rules that must be followed. As part of the screening process, landlords can access applicants’ criminal records, but they still must follow certain guidelines when using that information. Here’s what to look for in a criminal record and what…


We all strive to find a good tenant, so here are five signs that an applicant will be a good tenant for your rental property from Keepe, the on-demand maintenance and repair company. When you’re receiving lots of applications for tenant positions at your rental properties, sometimes it can be difficult and overwhelming trying to sift…


Daniel Neal’s former landlord ended up owing him money, but the owners of new apartments he inquired about renting didn’t give him a chance to explain why his name appears in New Jersey eviction records. His Jersey City landlord wouldn’t fix a leak that ruined Neal’s belongings. He protested by not paying rent. His landlord took him to court…


It’s not a controversial observation to note that the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related quarantine limitations and shutdowns) has presented an unprecedented series of operational and financial challenges for the commercial real estate sector. Landlords and tenants alike have struggled to adapt to new restrictions and limitations, mandatory closures and public health guidelines, and rapidly…


Two attorneys recently joined the National Real Estate Investors Association for an online discussion to help landlords and property managers understand how best to deal with the new federal eviction moratorium. A new nationwide federal eviction moratorium has been ordered through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to halt residential evictions through the end of…


Nearly one-third of U.S. renters struggle to pay rent in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet they also face the prospect of being defrauded when searching for a new rental home. Fraud in the rental-housing market continues to take a toll on everyone. Tech advancements have made it increasingly difficult for law enforcement to…


Seeing a new tenant moving to the house can be difficult for both the tenant and the owner. Getting a checklist of issues that needs to be resolved before the occupant moves in will help make the process smoother and ensure you do not skip any crucial steps. Here are eight things you should fix…


Being successful landlords and property managers in today’s environment involves some key strategies, including your eviction process, that veteran landlord David Pickron sets out. By David Pickron I have always had a lead foot.  It is hard to admit, but with my hard-charging personality, I just want to get where I am going… fast. As…

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