How to Screen Potential Tenants
Before placing a potential tenant, you can screen their background quickly and simply by accessing a number of records that are available to you online. Court records and criminal records easily communicate to you if the individual you are considering will be a suitable tenant.
Finding a TenantScreening a potential tenant will give you a good idea if the individual will be able to fulfill the obligations of the rental agreement. By screening your potential tenants, you will able able to protect against losses and place tenants that will be reliable. A simple background check can be conducted quickly online - there are a number of public records that you can access easily right from your computer.
If you are a property owner considering a new tenant for a house, apartment or office, a quick online screening will be very beneficial. You can find out if the potential tenant has satisfactory credit, outstanding debts, or a criminal history.
Screening OnlineBackground checks are not only for employers during the hiring process - they can be equally valuable to a landlord when considering potential tenants. Potential tenants may be dishonest on their rental application. This can quickly be discovered by verifying the information they provide, such as previous landlords. A credit check will let you know the status of the individual's credit.
RecordsA number of records that you can access online will provide you with useful information on the potential tenant. Property records will reveal if the individual owes money on any pieces of property, what property they own and if they have a mortgage. Civil court records can tell you if the individual has been sued for money owed. Federal bankruptcy records will tell you if the potential tenant has filed for bankruptcy. All of these records are open to the public and can often be found online.
Criminal records can give you a good picture of the type of tenant you are considering. If the individual has a criminal background, they probably aren't someone you want leasing your property. Criminal court records are available to the public, except for juvenile records and those sealed by the judge in special cases. From the criminal record you can learn about the warrant for arrest, trial proceedings, trial transcript, pleadings, complaint or petition for a case and the resolution of the case.
Using a combination of these records will give you a better picture of your potential tenant. The information you will discover through the individual's records will help you decide if they will serve as a worthwhile and trustworthy tenant.
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