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Rent it Right by Janet Portman, Inman News Q: We hired a management company to find tenants and collect rent at our rental in a nearby town. Over the past two years we’ve had four sets of tenants; one broke the lease and we had to file evictions on two of them. The property is…


Given the rising crime in our urban areas, property owners must be concerned with introducing a dangerous or undesirable tenant into their building. The proliferation of drugs and gangs in cities throughout the United States has turned once beautiful neighborhoods into blighted and unsafe war zones. It is bad enough to find that your applicant…


by Eric Boyd I got a call on one of my vacant, available rentals today. The caller drove by the property, saw the sign, and called. They wanted to see it right now. I told them I couldnt get over there to show it until 4pm, as I have other engagements until then. They said,…


Is the Tenant From Hell Moving Into Your Unit? You hear the stories from other landlords.  “My tenant skipped out.”  “My tenant destroyed the property!” So, where do these problem tenants go? They are out there, looking for another rental.  And, chances are, they’re not telling you the whole story. Problem tenants repeat the pattern…


by Robert Cain Application fees have the additional advantage of being “self-weeding” of bad tenants. Tenants who know they will be rejected usually won’t apply to rent from you if they know they will lose their application fee. If all the risk is on you, many times they will just go ahead and fill out…


Tenant screening is more difficult in this bad economy. For one thing, there are fewer applicants and that forces a landlord to choose between more mediocre prospects. But these times are also hard on landlords who rely too heavily on credit reports to make screening decisions. More applicants than ever have a foreclosure or a…


Wouldn’t you like to find out if an applicant has written a bad check before you rent to them, or make sure the check they offered to you is good before you accept it and give them the keys to your property? The TeleCheck® Check Verification Service is available to all AAOA members, including free…


For many landlords, fraud is a four-letter word. That is because they know it spells getting ripped off with precious little recourse to collect the bad tenant debt. Tenant background checks can help curb the significant number of rental applications that are completely fabricated, from the applicant’s name and social security number to job, bank…


by Janet Portman, Inman News Q: One of my neighbors informed me that one of my newest tenants is a registered sex offender (I’m not sure how she found this out). He stated on his rental application that he had a three-year-old felony conviction, but he did not report details. Figuring that everyone deserves a…


18 Legal (and Businesslike) Reasons to Reject a Tenant Applicant by Robert Cain Many landlords believe that they cannot reject a tenant application for any reason, that they have to accept the first one to come along with the money or risk the grief of a lawsuit. Not so.There are numerous legitimate, businesslike reasons to reject a prospective…

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