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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!


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One of the most important things that property owners and landlords can do to prevent problems with renters is to conduct a thorough tenant screening. The best tenant screening reports cover areas like criminal record, eviction history and credit score. Without it, landlords increase their risk of dealing with tenants that have a history of unpaid rent,…

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When renting a property to someone, unfortunately, you have to be a little judgmental. As a part of your job, you have to be attentive to people’s characteristics and background/history in order to determine if they are the best candidate to rent your property to. Most of the time, a majority of the people you…

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  Not getting LeaseGuarantee A LeaseGuarantee Analyzer is provided in every AAOA tenant screening package. If your tenant qualifies (most do) you can purchase or have your tenant purchase annual coverage for lost rent, damages, or legal fees. This is better than traditional insurance or even a security deposit because it covers you up to…

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Silicon Valley has long had a fascination with transforming tedious analog tasks into frictionless, touch-screen enabled transactions. Having thusly disrupted taxi rides, banking, and shopping, apartment-hunting appears to be next on the list. Mom-and-pop landlords are slowly being replaced with tech-savvy ones, who use cryptocurrency, Venmo, and other apps instead of rent checks slid under…

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Security deposits aren’t always the safety net landlords think they’ll be. Many states will limit the security deposit to 1-2 month’s rent and in many cases damages, broken leases, or unpaid rent may cost you more than the security deposit you collected. If you think it’s worth it, you may take a tenant to court…

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Today, even the newest real estate investors with small portfolios are interacting daily with available technology that expedites their property acquisition, marketing, and the management process. From the listing to the move-out, they find and integrate real-time technology solutions. Imagine my surprise when I recently attended Real Estate Investors Association meetings on Crime Free Rental…

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Question: I’ve been looking for a tenant for months and I finally found someone with a reliable income, good references, and no criminal history. However, her credit score is not so great and she has one eviction. She says it’s because she went through a divorce. Should I believe her and accept her as a…

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Question: I’ve had the worst luck with tenants! I only own four rental properties, but I’ve gone through two evictions in three years! Altogether these evictions have cost me around $9,000 and that’s not to mention all the priceless time, energy, and stress it caused me. In both cases, they stopped paying rent completely and…

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Question: I recently screened a husband and wife and was surprised that they had such different scores. They seem like a nice couple, but the husband has a lot of debt and multiple collections. Is this too risky? Answer: There are many variables you should consider before making a decision. For instance: What is their…

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While it’s just a blip, apartment home and lease fraud is now being measured on the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft and fraud radar. Three years ago, identity fraud or theft related to the lease housing industry first showed up on the agency’s annual Consumer Sentinel report. The number of complaints − albeit just a small…

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