What should you ask to pre-qualify a tenant?
This is a very common question. When you rent apartments or homes you have to be fair.
You cannot violate any human rights as a landlord.
That being said, landlords and property managers are people and have rights also.
You also have a duty to protect the other tenants in the building.
These are the questions I have come up with, that I believe are fair, and do not violate any human rights:
- How many people will be living with you?
- Do you have any pets?
- Do you smoke?
- Where do you work?
You can see that the answers can quickly eliminate a tenant that will not work for the property, or qualify one that will.
One example for us, is I have a long term smoking tenant that lives in one side of a duplex. I always make sure any tenants I place in the other side are aware, and ok with the possibility that they might smell some cigarette smoke.
Until next time
Michael P Currie