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Tenant Screening and Applications

State Fair Housing Agencies

The section of the HUD website covering housing discrimination includes detai

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Housing Discrimination Complaints: What Landlords Need to Know

Failure to comply with landlord-tenant laws, whether it’s security deposit limits or

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Landlord-Tenant Agreement Regarding Tenant’s Credit Report and Fees

Landlord-Tenant Agreement Regarding Tenant’s Credit Report and Fees Many landlords check a prospective tenant’s

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Handling Tenant Credit Reports: The “Disposal Rule”

Landlords typically get credit reports on prospective tenants[MS1] , and use this information to choose or reject applicants.

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How to Handle Tenant Holding Deposits

If you make a deal with a tenant but don’t actually sign a lease or rental agreement, you may want a cash deposit to hold the rental unit while yo...

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How Landlords Can Check a Tenant’s Credit Report

Private credit reporting agencies collect and sell credit files and other information about consumers.

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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 ...

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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.

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When Should a Landlord Hire a Lawyer?

You've probably heard rental property owners refer to their lawyers as if these professionals were but a phone call -- or a shout -- away. But unless ...

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Where Landlords Can Advertise Their Rental Property

You can advertise your rental property in many different ways. The kind of advertising that will work best depends on a number of factors, including t...

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How Landlords Should Advertise Their Rental Property

Finding and choosing tenants is the most critical decision any landlord or property manager makes, and to do it well you need a reliable system. Savvy...

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Choosing Tenants: Avoid Fair Housing Complaints and Lawsuits

Federal and state antidiscrimination laws limit what you can say and do in the tenant selection process. You need to know the rules before you create ...

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