A landlord’s most effective tool for choosing prospective tenants is diligent tenant screening, including checking a tenant’s credit history and references from previous landlords. Here are some basic guidelines and tools for choosing good tenants.
Thorough tenant screening, starting with a comprehensive rental application, is key to choosing good tenants.
Sample Rental Application
To avoid legal problems and choose the best tenant, ask all prospective tenants to fill out a written rental application that includes information on the applicant's employment, income, credit and other personal information, such as names of references. A sample rental application is shown below.