Tenant Screening: How to Find the Best Tenant for Your Property.

As a landlord, one of your most important tasks is tenant screening. Finding the right tenant for your property can significantly affect your rental income and overall experience as a landlord. In this blog post, we’ll cover the qualities you should look for in prospective tenants and the apps you can use to check credit. We’ll also provide some tenant screening questions that you can ask to help streamline the process.

Tenant screening

Qualities to Look for in Prospective Tenants

The ideal tenant for you may not be the ideal tenant for someone else, but there are some qualities that most landlords want to see in tenants. Here are some of the qualities that you should look for when tenant screening:

  1. Ability to Pay Rent on Time

It is undisputed that all landlords want a tenant that can pay rent on time. Some signs of paying rent on time include a good credit score and proof of steady and reliable income. However, not all tenants are perfect and may have run into trouble paying the rent at least once for various reasons. Some may even have an eviction on their record, making it difficult to obtain a lease.

  1. Willingness to Communicate

You will also want communicative tenants who let you know if something is going on, such as if the property needs repairs. This will help you to maintain the property and ensure that any issues are addressed promptly.

  1. Clean Criminal Record

You will also want tenants who have a clean criminal record. This will ensure that your property does not become a crime scene or have a reputation in the neighborhood.

  1. Cleanliness

Tenants who keep the property clean are desirable for landlords. This will help you maintain your property’s value and make it easier to rent to new tenants.

Tenants being interviewed by a property manager
the property manager and prospective tenants going over the lease requirements

Apps for Checking Credit

Many landlords use apps to check the credit of their prospective tenants. Some of those apps include RentPrep, TransUnion SmartMove, and Experian. These apps provide services such as eviction history, criminal background checks, credit reports, and credit scores. However, remember that these may not tell the whole story of your prospective tenants, and you may want to talk to your prospective tenants as part of the tenant screening process.

Checking credit scores, employment and background checks
Tenant screening includes checking credit, background, and employment verification

Tenant Screening Questions

Here are some questions that you can ask when tenant screening:

  1. Do you have pets?
  2. Why are you moving?
  3. What is your monthly income?
  4. How many people will be living on the property?
  5. When would you like to move into the property?

As you narrow down your tenant screening list, you can ask more detailed questions about your prospective tenants. Ultimately, you want to find the best tenant for your property, which can be done when your tenant screening experience is streamlined and straightforward. Once you’ve approved them, it’s time to learn how to collect the rent. Check out our article on rent collection https://renterschoicehomes.com/is-rent-collection-difficult-and-time-consuming-in-kissimmee/

In Conclusion

Finding the right tenant for your property is crucial for your success as a landlord, and that’s where we come in at McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes; we’ve been screening applicants for years. We know what to look for and what questions to ask. Call us at 407 933 2367 or in the UK at 0161-300-9595 or email: broker@renterschoicehomes.com. By looking for tenants with the qualities mentioned above, using apps to check credit, and asking the right questions during tenant screening, we can increase your chances of finding the best tenant for your property. We take the time to screen your tenants carefully and make informed decisions when renting out your property. Check out our certified reviews https://www.trustpilot.com/review/renterschoicehomes.com

About the author, Anne-Marie McCormack

Anne-Marie McCormack has been a Florida licensed Real Estate Broker since 1996. She has worked as a realtor in property management, rentals and sales in Kissimmee, Davenport, and Orlando, Florida since 1991.

She heads the team at McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes and has lots of experience with long-term and short-term rentals and sales. . Anne-Marie owned and operated a short-term-rental, property management company from 1994-2004. Since then McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes has focused on long-term rentals and sales of residential, investment homes and vacation homes also known as holiday lets.

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