BY: HOUSERIE 08/30/2017
When you want to be certain that you’ve got the best tenant possible for your property, you can’t simply rely on your gut instinct. Instead, the more sensible thing to do is to have an extensive tenant background check conducted. Here are some good reasons why that’s necessary:
It’s incredibly important to make sure that you know exactly who you will be renting out your property to. The safety of the community around your property may depend on it. The last thing you want is having someone neighbors and other tenants at serious risk of harm.
Background checks matter a lot. It helps you answer certain important questions you have about your prospective tenant. You get to discover if the person has any record of felony conviction. You also get to find out if the person is listed in the sex offender registry.
Lastly, you also get to discover if the person has any other conviction that indicates he or she can put the neighborhood at risk. Having confirmed information regarding matters like this is important to give you and your property’s neighborhood peace of mind.
Your prospective tenant may be nice during the initial interview, but you can never be too sure if they’ve told you everything you need to know. Luckily, telling them you’re conducting a background check can help discourage anyone from being dishonest. If they stop replying to you or they refuse to authorize a background check, think of the tenant as a red flag and discontinue processing their application immediately.
Having a proper background check done allows you to verify all information provided by the applicant during the initial screening. This way too, you are never forced to just take the applicant at their word. You would know if there is something that would raise a red flag in their history. It may not be as serious as an arrest or a conviction but something like speeding tickets still matter.
Telling prospective tenants that you require a thorough background check lets them know that you have a rigorous tenant screening process. High quality tenants would see this as a premium in your standards and would therefore be more attracted to staying in your property for the long-term or simply continue to renew their lease. In turn, this would save you a good amount to time and money as you don’t have to keep looking for new tenants frequently.
For all these reasons, be sure to get a background check done on every prospective tenant. Making informed decisions in accepting tenants will save you from a lot of headaches down the road.
Renting an apartment? Be prepared for a background check, consumer.ftc.gov
Using Consumer Reports: What Landlords Need to Know, ftc.gov