Start your new Tenancy Agreement by choosing the right applicant for your property.
To make a considered decision you need as many facts about prospective tenants you can get.
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When you’re evaluating a prospective tenant you should research them thoroughly. Credit checks and employment checks are a must, but pick up the phone and speak with employers and past landlords or agents. They can help you to accurately assess potential tenants and weed out bad ones.
Don’t rely on just the written word or tenant registries. A friend of mine got stung very badly when her real estate chose a tenant from hell. After she signed the tenancy lease and spoke to a few people around our small town, she found out that the tenant was quite notorious yet her agent was fooled. The tenant trashed her house and treated it like a junk yard. It was highly stressful, expensive and there was little she could do about it because she had signed the lease. It didn’t matter that the agent had chosen poorly – in the end the owner had to deal with the stress of the situation.
So take the time to pick up the phone – it could well save you. Similarly don’t underestimate your intuition – if you meet a prospective tenant and something doesn’t feel right, don’t proceed.
And one more sneaky tip – how do they treat their car? if you get the chance, check out the interior of their car. If it looks like a garbage dump it could be a warning sign.
See more in our article How to recognise the tenant from hell