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Tenant Screening Forms

Yesterday you decided to become a landlord to supplement your income and now you are looking at information on everything from tenant screening forms to rental verification, wondering if you really have any idea at all what you are doing. Although it is true that you probably do need to know about all those things, the good news is that there are many services available to help you. You do not have to figure it all out by yourself and in most cases, most of the work has already been done for you—you can just follow someone else’s more-experienced example.

Step One: Tenant Screening Forms

As a new landlord, you probably have some idea of what makes a good tenant but taking advantage of tenant screening forms, often provided by tenant screening agencies that you can find online, help fill in some of the gaps. These forms can serve as supplements to the renter application that you may use for your rental properties and basically investigate your prospective tenants. Lucky for you, the forms have been developed by agencies with significant experience and are designed to ask your potential tenants all the questions you may not have thought to ask.

Tenant screening forms require the applicant to provide references, housing history, credit information, etc. and give you—or the agency you employ—the information needed to perform more extensive and verifiable checks on the prospective tenant. Sometimes, the forms will be all you need because they will contain information about the possible tenant that sends up a red flag of warning. In this case, these forms save you time and money, allowing you to eliminate this applicant from the pool of potential tenants before you call references, run credit checks, or investigate housing history. If nothing catches your attention on the tenant screening forms, you can move on to the next step, verifying the information or using a tenant screening agency to help you evaluate the applicant’s reliability.

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