Great Corporate Rental Tip: ASK FOR PICTURE ID

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“I ask for picture ID before I will process an application. Sometime people will drive to see a corporate rental and then tell me they don’t have a license. I’m not the police, but I’m not processing an application without an ID. I’m sure they have a state-issued ID to buy their beer and cash their checks.

Anyway, the best reason to get the ID proved very valuable yet again. The address on the license doesn’t match any previous addresses given. The applicant insisted it must be an error on his license because he has no idea about that address.

Interesting. The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) in my state doesn’t issue actual license when you go to the RMV – they mail it to your address listed on license. So how did you get the license if you never heard of the address?

He couldn’t come up with an answer for that, but I imagine that the same address (and several others not listed on the application) came up on the credit report. Once again you have to dig a little deeper when applicants put down Mom’s address as their only previous rental.”

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Kimberly Smith is an accomplished entrepreneur and published author with more than 20 years experience as an entrepreneur in the areas of real estate, property management, corporate housing, website development and franchising. In 1999 Kimberly and her husband/ business partner, Eric, launched AvenueWest Corporate Housing, Inc., a multi-million dollar success story. AvenueWest provides real estate property management of furnished residential properties offering full service corporate housing services to upscale executive travelers in need of a monthly lodging solution. A recognized leader in the industry, they were awarded CHPA’s 2010 Provider Company of the Year Award and listed for 3 consecutive years on Inc Magazine’s Inc 5000 list of the countries fastest growing businesses. Inspired to help people find corporate housing and real estate solutions on a national basis, Kimberly and Eric came up with a business idea to create a national resource dedicated to connecting furnished rental properties with executive renters. In 2006 (CHBO) was launched, the first-of-its-kind online portal connecting furnished rentals and the traveling public. In 2013 CHBO was recognized by CHPA as the Associate Company of the Year. In 2009 AvenueWest Global Franchise was launched allowing for the national expansion of the AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing product. Current offices are located in Phoenix, Atlanta, Fort Collins, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Colorado Springs.

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