Thoroughly screening potential tenants is important as you want to find the people best suited to your property. This process will also help you avoid issues in the future. Here are some questions you should include in your interview.
When are you planning to move and why are you moving?
If a tenant is moving in a rush or because of an eviction, you will want to note that.
How long have you lived in your current residence?
This will help you determine how reliable a tenant is when it comes to renewing a lease.
Do you have references from former landlords or employers?
Employers and former landlords can give you a good idea of how responsible your future tenant is and if the information they’ve provided is correct.
Who will be living in the property?
Each type of tenant has their own risks and rewards. Families are stable, but small children require extra safety and maintenance of the property.
Are you a pet owner?
If you allow pets on your property rental, you want to screen the pet as well as the pet owner. Also, remind the tenant of their obligation when it comes to pet-related damages to the property.
Do you have any questions for us?
Give your potential tenant the opportunity to get to know you. This will also help them identify if the property they’re applying for is the right one for them.
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