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Rental Application and Screening Tenants

Fill out application form yourself, that way it is all filled in and less lies. Tenants will lie and that is part of the secret of filtering them out. My policy is that one lie can impeach their whole application.

For example, when I was renting my last apartment. The tenant drove up, wanted the apartment, filled out the application. I asked for her drivers license and she handed me a Florida Identification Card, which people use as a proof of age document. When I asked her where her drivers license was, she stated it was in her car. I queried her asking whether it was possible to have both a FL ID card and a drivers license at the same time. She said "yes".

So I went to the county records and found out that she had only recently been cited for driving while license suspended. When I asked her about it, she claimed that she thought that had all been cleared up. Lie upon lie.

As it was, it turned out the local housing authority, from who she had last rented, told me that they got tired of having to fix the bullet holes in the apartment she had gotten assistance for!

The next applicant filled in her application, and when I looked at her paystubs, there was a different address to the one she gave on the application. When confronted about it, she confessed that she had given me false information. The good thing is that often when they are caught in a lie they will spill all the beans. She then told me her boyfriend was a sex offender and he could only stay overnight in an apartment that was "clear", i.e. a certain distance from schools etc.

Anyone involved in illegal hard drugs is usually an incorrigible liar.
Impeaching them is usually pretty easy, often over the simplest things, address, job, drivers license status, they just can't keep their story straight. If it smells fishy, it is probably a lie.

They are rehearsing for when they inevitably have to make up an excuse for why they can't pay the rent on time.

Landlord References

Get current and previous landlords, especially the previous ones as they have no vested interest.

When you call the previous landlord, and it is not a verifiable apartment complex or property manager, the first thing you should ask is "can you tell me what you have available for rent?"

Sometimes prospective tenants use friends as references. When you ask that question and a friend is answering the phone, their response will be either confusion or "you have the wrong number".

Questions to ask the previous landlord include:

Dates of residency:  

Amount of rent: $  

Amount of Security Deposit: $ 

# of Late Payments  

How late? 

Were late fees paid?

Were there any lease violations?

If so, what was the nature of the violation?

How was applicant's supervision and conduct of his/her children while in the apartment/common areas?

Has the applicant, family members or guests engaged in any criminal activity, including drug related criminal activity in the apartment or surrounding areas?

Were the police ever called to the apartment?

Did applicant maintain desirable living conditions (clean, safe & sanitary)?

Were utilities included in rent?

Has the applicant, family members or guests damaged or vandalized the apartment or common areas?

Did the applicant permit persons other than those on the lease to live in the apartment on a regular basis?

Have you ever begun eviction proceedings for nonpayment, lease violations, or any other reason? 

Did resident take good care of the premises? 

Was proper notice given prior to vacating? 

Will you (did you) keep any of the security deposit?  

Would you rent to this applicant in the future?

Is there anything else that I should know?

Employers: watch out for prospective tenants who are employed by Unions, as they are very sympathetic to their employees; and Sales offices as sales is often commission only and has a high turnover. Get w2s and 1099s. Some rental property owners say "no lawyers" as tenants . They know their rights and may insist on them!

Rent should be no greater than 33% of gross income.

The reason that application forms ask for a person to notify in emergency is that it may be useful for skip tracing.

Ask them if anything untoward will turn up in a credit report.

Get a real estate owner as a cosigner, as then you don't have a moving target. You can go after the property owner for the back rent or any damages.

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