Iím a landlord in New York, and Iíve always felt itís not a good idea to rely entirely on previous landlords for referrals on prospective tenants. Do you have any tips for selecting good renters?
I think youíre on the right track. Most landlords arenít thorough enough with the screening process. You canít get to know someone without spending some time with them and digging into their personalities and backgrounds a little.
I have several rental properties, and here are a few tricks that work well for me. I always pull a credit
bureau report on prospective renters. I also get a big deposit up front. I spend quite a bit of time talking to them one on one, as well, so with all this theyíd have to be a pretty good con artist to get past me.
Another thing I do is to drive by the place theyíre currently living. I like to see what condition the house is in, and if they keep the yard maintained. To me, this is a great indication of how responsible they are and how they would treat my
property. Itís not a bad idea to get some proof of them having made previous rental payments on time, either.
In some ways itís a leap of faith any time you sign an agreement with a new tenant. But there are things you can do in order to make a more informed decision as to whom youíre doing business with. And who knows? Lots of renters appreciate knowing they have a landlord
who handles things in a professional manner. Maybe these suggestions will help you both feel a little more at ease.
Good luck, Jean!