Honesty Remains the Best Policy on Tenant Applications, Opines TenantScreeningUSA.com

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“Falsifying information on rental application is a mistake,” states Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com. “Every good landlord working with a well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency knows that data used on a rental application can be verified and as rental housing becomes increasingly competitive one false step could deny housing for hopeful applicants.”

Landlords should work with a well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency in order to verify all information on a rental application and avoid the challenges false information can cause.

As the rental housing market in the United States and other parts of the world becomes increasingly competitive, rental applicants should know that falsifying information on an application is a bad move. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com states: “Landlords should work with a well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency in order to verify all information on a rental application and avoid the challenges false information can cause.”

In the age of big databases and quick access to public records information provided on a rental application can be verified. Birth date, financial capability, and legal standing are all data points that can be reviewed by a tenant screening agency. Also, references can be verified.

Almeida states: “Some people may not be aware that references listed on a rental application can be verified. The thought that a landlord or property manager may not go to the effort to verify personal references may not always true.”

A recent article at BuyAssociation.co.uk (Apr. 23, 18) highlights

“…the first month’s rent was paid for, no more payments were received from the tenant – or the tenant’s alleged employer – and {the property owner} realized that the company was not legitimate and had to fight to regain possession of his property.” (1)

Almeida comments: “A best practice remains for a landlord or property manager to review all data received in a tenant application. With the opportunity to gain the very best value for a property now, more than ever, is the time to conduct reference checks along with traditional parts of tenant screening, such as eviction reports and consumer credit reports.”

Reference checks conducted by a well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency can confirm important information critical to making a well informed decision on a potential applicant.

Almeida states: “Typical reference checks include employment verification and personal reference confirmation.”

An employment background check including a thorough criminal background check is important for obvious reasons but each state may have different laws governing what information can and cannot be gathered for tenant screening purposes. Working with a tenant screening agency continues to be a best practice.

Almeida states: “A tenant screening agency will remain compliant with all laws governing tenant screening and what information can be legally gathered for purposes of vetting a rental applicant. Thanks to a tightening rental market landlords should work closely with a tenant screening agency and take the time and effort to have all references reviewed.”

TenantScreeningUSA.com provides full service tenant screening for landlords and property managers of any size and can greatly assist in remaining fully compliant with all existing law governing tenant screening. With a highly trained and experienced staff, TenantScreeningUSA.com can provide help to landlords and property managers with all tenant screening needs.

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(1)    buyassociation.co.uk/2018/04/23/bad-tenants-rogue-landlords-highlights-dangers-of-fake-references/

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