Tennant screening is one of the keys to success in managing a portfolio of rental properties, but some landlords fail at screening tenants and their income suffers.
Thankfully, you can screen tenants like a pro whenever you know how to ask the right questions.
In this article, we will offer you several tenant screening questions that you should ask prospective tenants.
Essential Tenant Screening Questions
What is your full name?
What is your current address?
What is your phone number and email address?
Can you provide a government-issued ID?
Ask about their employment status:
What is your current employment status?
Where do you work, and what is your position?
How much is your monthly income?
Can you provide recent pay stubs or proof of income?
Confirm their previous rental history:
Can you provide contact information for your previous landlords?
Have you ever been evicted or asked to move out?
Why are you leaving your current residence?
Request personal references:
Can you provide personal and professional references?
Do you have any references from previous landlords?
How long have you known your personal references?
Learn more about their financial situation:
Do you have any outstanding debts or judgments?
Have you ever declared bankruptcy?
Can you provide a recent credit report or authorize a credit check?
What are they looking for in a lease?
Are you looking for a short-term or long-term lease?
When do you plan to move in?
Do you have any concerns or questions about the lease agreement?
Behavior and Habits:
Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
Are you involved in any activities that could disturb neighbors?
Talk with them about maintenance and their responsibilities.
How do you typically handle maintenance issues in your current or previous residence?
Are you willing to adhere to the property's rules and regulations?
Do they have an emergency contact?
Can you provide an emergency contact person and their contact information?
Remember to comply with fair housing laws and treat all applicants consistently. It's essential to strike a balance between gathering necessary information and respecting tenants' privacy rights. Additionally, ensure that the questions asked to align with local and national housing regulations.
Contact GoldenWest Management
At GoldenWest Management, our team specializes in managing rental properties in San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Working with GWM saves owners hundreds of hours per year in wasted time and effort.
To learn more about the services we can offer you, contact us today by calling (866) 545-5303 or click here to connect with us online.