Why is it important for tenants and landlords to screen applicants first?
Safety for Tenants
Tenants don’t want to live amongst other suspicious or potentially dangerous tenants. They might possibly move out if their neighbors bother them too much. There’s also the issue of safety, and everyone wants to feel safe in their home.
Tenant screening is an important process because without it, a property is more likely to be damaged by their tenants, potentially lowering the value of the property or making it costly to repair. Also, it can bother other tenants living in the property. Troublesome tenants might also skip out on payments, and no landlord wants that. They might even have a criminal history behind them, and without screening, no one would’ve known about that.
The tenant puts out an application form, indicating the specific residence that they want, how long they are planning to rent it, and their personal information. Listed below are some of the items you might find on a tenant application form.
Personal information required
- Social Security Number
- Date of Birth
- Telephone Numbers
- Current Place of Residence
- Employment details and verifications
- Government issued Identification (with pictures)
- Criminal Records
- Consumer Credit records
- Rental references and recommendation from the present place of residence as well as one other previous rental property owner
- Eviction Records
- Sex offender registry
- Public Records, like birth certificate, wedding certificate, etc.
After filling out the application form, the landlord or the property manager will most likely ask for a security deposit before allowing tenants to move in.
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