Residential leasing can be a lucrative business. As a landlord or property manager, you have a responsibility to your building and your tenant. While a landlord and tenant relationship can be beneficial for both parties, there are circumstances where you may want to be wary during the screening process.
According to Arpola, there are several signs to watch out for with potential renters.
Are they too agreeable?
While it is nice to be on the same page as your renter, you should expect potential tenants to have questions and be hesitant about renting. After all, choosing a place to rent can be the source of a lot of stress. It is a significant decision and neither you nor the tenant wants to enter into it without being sure. Tenants who seem too eager or desperate may have difficulty finding a place elsewhere. You have to ask yourself why they want you so badly and check to ensure they do not have a criminal record or bad rental history.
Do they omit answers?
Look out for any blank areas on the rental application. They should not have to leave any blanks. Likewise, if you ask questions during a screening interview and the tenant cannot answer or only provides partial answers, you should take a closer look at their history. If your potential renter asks you about how you feel about criminal records, it may indicate they have one.
When it comes to renting to a stranger, you do have to be careful. When it comes to making a decision, analyze all of the information you receive and use your best judgment on a person’s character before drafting the lease.