Screening tenants is the most important aspect of your rental business. Know how to get and evaluate credit and background reports, including criminal histories. Be sure you know the rules prohibiting housing discrimination.
Pros and Cons of Running a Tenant’s Credit Report
Understand the value of checking a rental applicant’s credit report.
How to Screen and Select Tenants FAQ
Check tenants' credit and avoid legal trouble over discrimination.
Choosing Tenants: Avoid Fair Housing Complaints and Lawsuits
Anti-discrimination laws limit the tenants you can accept and reject.
When Should a Landlord Hire a Lawyer?
In some situations, property owners can benefit from a lawyer's help. Learn when to consult an attorney.
How Landlords Can Use Megan’s Law to Check State Databases of Sexual Offenders
As a rule, most landlords want to screen out tenants with criminal records, particularly convictions for violent crimes or crimes against children.
California Law on Tenant Application Screening Fees and Credit Reports
California state law limits credit check or application screening fees landlords can charge prospective tenants and specifies what landlords must do when accepting these typ
How Landlords Can Check a Tenant’s Credit Report
Private credit reporting agencies collect and sell credit files and other information about consumers.
Handling Tenant Credit Reports: The “Disposal Rule”
Under federal law, landlords must take special care that credit reports are stored in a secure place where only those who “need to know” have access.
How to Handle Tenant Holding Deposits
Should landlords accept these kinds of holding deposits?
Rejecting a Prospective Tenant Based on Information From a Google Search
What to watch out for when you check out prospective tenants by Googling them.
Where Landlords Can Advertise Their Rental Property
Use several advertising methods when you list your property for rent.
How Landlords Should Advertise Their Rental Property
Setting out your basic rental terms is your first step to finding great tenants.
Can I Show My Apartment to New Tenants While the Current Ones Are Still in There?
What to look out for if you want to advertise your currently-occupied apartment.
Does Your Landlord Website Help or Hurt Your Business?
Build a landlord website that benefits and protects your business and helps you find tenants.