One way to get a good idea of your potential Tenant’s backgrounds is to interview their list of references. This includes their employers, previous Landlords and personal references.
As Landlord or Property Manager, you want to make sure the Tenant you place is the right fit for your investment property. Don’t take shortcuts and be thorough in your screening process. Here are some of the most important questions to ask when interviewing a tenant’s references.
For a tenant’s current or previous Landlord/s:
- Who are/were the occupants listed on the lease?
- How long was their tenancy?
- Did they have pets?
- Would you rent to this tenant again? Why/why not?
- Did the tenant maintain the property well?
- Was the rent paid on time?
For a tenant’s employer:
- Can you confirm this person is employed at your company?
- What are the average hours they work?
- What are the terms of their employment? Are they employed full time or on a contract?
- How do you enjoy working with the applicant?
For a tenant’s personal references:
- How do you know the applicant?
- How long have you known them?
- Have you been to their home before? How would you describe it?
- Can you describe their overall character?
Taking time to speak to references is a small investment to help mitigate any bigger problems in the future.
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