What should you ask to pre-qualify a tenant?


Tenant questions


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:

  1. How many people will be living with you?
  2. Do you have any pets?
  3. Do you smoke?
  4. 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

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