Are There Other Tenant Screening Factors That Are More Important Than A Credit Score?
Are there screening factors that are more important than a tenant’s credit score? The answer to this question is yes.
In this article, we will provide you with several questions to ask yourself before rejecting a potential tenant based on their credit score.
Are They Honest with You?
Ideally, a prospective renter should be more than willing to share their complete history with you especially if it’s been good, bad or “ugly”. If the renter is honest and open with you about their past, you should be able to work with them to find the best housing option that will work for their needs.
Are They Consistent?
You should look for renters who do the things that they say and also say the things that they mean.
- Were they on time to meet with you?
- Does their credit report reveal that they pay their bills on time?
- Did the prospective tenant fill out the application completely or did they need reminders to fill out the entire application?
Do They Have Verifiable References?
Even though you may have a good feeling about a potential renter, you should always verify everything that they tell you including their current/former employer, last known addresses and personal references.
If you want to know how they will treat your rental property you shouldn’t hesitate to verify their former landlord’s contact information and then contact those individuals to see if they would be a good tenant for your rental property.
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