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TENANT BACKGROUND CHECKS: Checking Tenant Personal References Obtaining references on a tenant application is important for a variety of reasons. Collecting references is a worthless exercise unless you check them out. Contact the Current, Previous Landlord The most important reference is the current landlord, followed by the previous landlord. Be sure to ask about: The…


TENANT BACKGROUND CHECKS: How-To Tips for Tenant File Maintenance Screening the tenant with a credit or rental background check before you rent is only half the battle. Circumstances can change, and your ideal tenant, who once had a clean tenant criminal background check, can become a potential rent collection problem. Maintaining a current and complete…


“I wouldn’t say you‘ve lied, but it does appear you’ve recreated the truth.”   TENANT BACKGROUND CHECKS 101: Four Crucial Tips for Detecting Fraud For many landlords, “fraud” is a four-letter word. That’s because they know it spells getting ripped off, with precious little recourse to collect the bad tenant debt. Unfortunately, a significant number…


TENANT BACKGROUND CHECKS: ALERT! HOW TO SPOT RED FLAGS Between “I lost my Social Security card” and “My girlfriend has my last pay stub”, a landlord can find an endless array of red flags that may signal a potential problem tenant. But you or your property manager can be looking for them and be prepared…


TENANT BACKGROUND CHECKS 101: WHY THE PREVIOUS ADDRESS TENANT HISTORY (PATH) IS A CHEAP AND EASY WAY TO SEE IF YOUR PROSPECT IS TELLING THE WHOLE TRUTH The Previous Address Tenant History, or PATH report, is cheap –only about $6, a cost that is charged against the application fee is most cases. But dont let the…


TENANT BACKGROUND CHECKS: LITTLE KNOWN WAYS TO AVOID COSTLY MISTAKES an interview with Jeff Cronrod, CEO, Fidelity Information Corporation Jeff Cronrod isn’t just the CEO of one of the largest national tenant screening firms; he’s been a landlord for more than thirty years. “My company also owns a collection agency, so I see what happens…


TENANT BACKGROUND CHECKS: WHAT EVERY LANDLORD NEEDS TO KNOW  Tenant background checks are critical every time you rent,  not only to avoid unpaid rent, but to avoid renting to a sex offender or other at-risk tenant.  While a credit check in important, it is not enough.  These are the reports available for your tenant background check:…


WARNING: DO A TENANT CREDIT AND BACKGROUND CHECK – HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW A bad tenant is like a mother-in-law who just won’t leave – only worse! Evictions are a slow, painful process, and the damage may be done before you can undo your bad decision. Don’t hand over those keys until you…


The type of applicant you attract to your property is contingent upon a number of factors. The neighborhood, cleanliness of the property, rental asking price and your marketing methods are just a few things that dictate the quality of an applicant. Starting with a good applicant is the fist step in landing a quality tenant….

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