How to Screen Tenants Effectively

Screening tenants is a must!  Tenant Credit Checks for Landlords

Will you get paid?

Will they take care of your property?

Are they real?

Initial Tenant Screen:

An initial phone conversation with a prospective tenant can help you answer these questions:

  • Why are you traveling?
  • When do you need the property?
  • Do you have any special needs?
  • Have you stayed in a furnished rental before?
  • Who will be staying in the property and are any guests minors?
  • Are you anticipating any visitors?
  • Are you bringing any pets?

Be on the look out for any potential red flags and ask for clarification when necessary. If someone is lying, they usually contradict themselves. Visit your MyCHBO Dashboard for helpful documents like the Tenant Inquiry Form and Rental Application.

Basic Search: 

Google the prospective tenant’s individual name and company if applicable to see if you can confirm any details they gave you about where they live or who they work for. Professionals care about their online image and don’t post pictures of themselves conducting themselves unprofessionally.

Final Check:

If everything checks out and the prospective renter is now a serious lead, you should strongly consider doing a credit and background check on them. CHBO has partnered with TransUnion’s SmartMove program to make this process easy and hassle free. The rates are affordable, and all the confidential information exchanged between you and your tenant remains anonymous – plus, you’ll have immediate access to the information you need.

Remember, it’s important to screen tenants legally and professionally by only asking pertinent, non-discriminatory questions.

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