Screening Tenants for an Owner-Occupied Building

When you’re the owner of a multi-family home, you probably want to be extra cautious about who you take on as a tenant. You have more to consider in choosing a tenant than an apartment building manager. When someone will be living in the same house as you or your family, you need to find out more about them than just their credit score or their ability to pay rent. You also want to learn about their criminal background, prior rental history, and previous conduct in an apartment or multifamily setting. Here are some tips about how to thoroughly screen a tenant to live in your multifamily home.

Request a Detailed Application and Release

Your rental application should include a lot of information about a person’s household members, income, and prior residences. If a person has had several residences for less than one year in duration and did not move