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Using Effective Tenant Screening As A Landlord

Mar 19, 2008
I became a landlord when I inherited an apartment building from a family member. It proved itself to be a great way to earn income and it definitely keeps me busy. While I enjoy it, there are things that I have learned along the way that I had to learn the hard way.

When dealing with people you have to be careful as they are not always as trustworthy as they might first appear. As a landlord I have an obligation to protect my property, my family and the other people who rent from me.

By running a tenant background check you are certainly helping to protect both people and property. Before you rent to somebody it is definitely worth taking advantage of the many types of screening processes available online.

My personal choice is to run a tenant screening process as well as a criminal background and social security check. For all my screening processes I utiltize the services of MacDataAdvantage.com. They are a great online screening company that provide all of the screening tools and information that I need.

A background check is always an important step in the rental agreement process. It can give you a glimpse into what a person is capable of doing. I obviously wouldn't want a child abuser living in an apartment next to a family with young children.

I know I wouldn't want someone with a known history of destroying property to live in my building either. I have also found that running a social security background check is useful. If I have someone who constantly runs out on their rent, then I'm probably not going to take the risk of them running out on me.

Let me give you an example of when running a simple background check or tenant screening has helped me avoid what could have been a bad situation. Here I had a young couple who wanted to rent one of the apartments in my building. They looked good, the application that they filled out looked good and I was sure I was going to be happy with them.

As I normally do, I ran a tenant background check and all of a sudden my 'perfect couple' didnt look quite so wonderful. This couple had a history of leaving properties in a really bad way and for non payment of rent. Once again by running a background check through MacDataAdvantage.com I saved myelf a lot of potential headaches!
About the Author
Macdataadvantage.com is a leading online business providing employee screening and background checks. To learn more about employee background checksor criminal background checks then visit the site for more details on how to protect your business.
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