When you are ready to get people to occupy your rental property, you need to effectively qualify your tenants. Bad tenants can cause lots of problems, but virtually all of the problems you might face with tenants can be eliminated through a really good screening process. And if you don’t have a consistent process to follow each time you screen tenants, you are inviting trouble right in. At least make sure you treat all potential tenants the same so as to not violate any fair housing laws. Having the tenants fill out a rental application, authorize a credit report and criminal history check helps to establish a foundation for effective qualification.
To do that, when you are contacted by a prospective tenant who is showing interest in a rental property, ask them some pre-screening questions to make sure this prospective tenant isn’t going to waste your time. Here are some questions that you need to ask before you show them the property.