How Can Landlords Go About Choosing Tenants?

If you are offering a place to rent, have the prospective tenants complete a rental application. Standard application forms are usually available at stationery stores. The two most important elements of the application are the employment history and the rental history. Get information for the past three or five years. Then contact each of the applicant`s employers and landlords for that period. If the applicant has worked at the same job and lived in the same apartment for that time, you have as good an indication as possible of a quality tenant. A prospective tenant who undergoes such a check might well be thankful. The landlord will have checked the building`s other tenants as well, and so the neighbors will probably be reliable people.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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