Being a landlord, it is your responsibility to accept the right tenants. You should be aware of certain signs that a potential tenant should not be accepted. These signs may not be visible just by looking at them so it is best if you take the effort and have their backgrounds checked. There are some people who have mastered pretending to be someone else and make you feel that they can be trusted. So you really can't just trust anyone because you just feel like they can be trusted. For you to avoid any problems that can be caused by your tenants, it is best if you follow certain steps. You can ask your potential applicant to fill an application that indicates personal information. You must review and check this application. You must make sure that what is written is actually accurate and complete.
The typical information you will need includes the full name of the tenant, social security number and complete previous or permanent address with the zip code. This information is those needed for you to obtain a credit report. Other information like a driver's license number and the date of birth will be required to get a criminal record and DMV reports. It is best that when you have prospect tenants, you have to deal with them in person and not through chat or phone only. This is important because you will be able to know your potential tenant's character and personality.
It is advised for landlords to not accept any advance rental deposit from anyone without prior checking their background. No matter how they seem to be a good tenant, you can never be too sure with who they really are. Having contact with their previous landlords is a good way for you to have some references. There may be cases where no reports have been made but asking their former landlords would sure help a lot.
There are indeed many advantages and reasons why you need to check the backgrounds of your future tenants. It will help to assess whether your tenant can afford to pay your rentals so that you won't have any problems when it comes to paying the rent. Second, you can save yourself from sex offender and possible criminals that can cause harm to your family and your community. You should also check the records after sometime to make sure there are absolutely no records. And last, it will let you know if your tenant has behavioral problems that can cost your cash because of damages and repairs.
Always remember that prevention is better than cure. So take all the precautionary measures you can apply so that you don't have to blame yourself in the end. It is better to be sure than to be sorry in the end. It is your right as a property owner to protect your land and the people in it. Follow these simple rules and for sure you will have no more problems regarding your tenants.