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.
How to Screen and Select Tenants FAQ
Check tenants' credit and avoid legal trouble over discrimination.
Choosing Tenants: Avoid Fair Housing Complaints and Lawsuits
Antidiscrimination 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.
California Law on Tenant Application Screening Fees and Credit Reports
Make sure you know these when you lease your property.
How Landlords Can Check a Tenant's Credit Report
Private credit reporting agencies collect and sell credit files and other information about consumers.
How to Handle Tenant Holding Deposits
Should landlords accept these kinds of holding deposits?
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.