Many people in the US and indeed across the globe rent out their apartments to prospective tenants without performing even the most basic of background checks. While some may be lucky to get away with it, others are not so very dark. A client with a shady past or one who is uncaring about your property could cause you a lot of mental agony and land you into problems with the law. In this article, I will be telling you the importance of having a tenant screening done before you hire your property out to them.
1. Terrorist attacks: Terrorist attacks are happening across the globe with alarming regularity and no country in the world can claim to be immune to it. These are pre-planned acts that are carried following months of training and preparation. In order to execute their plans, terrorist organizations stay close to the places of attack so as to survey and plan how to carry out the perfect attack. Unsuspecting land owners who care two hoots about tenant screening are the ones who fall victim to their plans. It is only when the actual terrorist execution occurs or when their cover is blown off that people come to know the face behind the unsuspecting tenants. If you are one of those unlucky landlords, then you are headed for unwanted trouble with the law and police. So it is better to be safe rather than sorry.
2. Criminal Backgrounds: It is important that you are renting your home to people with a clean criminal background. Habitual sex offenders or violent criminals will not only be a headache for you but also to those in your neighborhood. A thorough tenant screening will ensure that you come to know if you are client has had a criminal past.
3. Irresponsible tenants: In a tenant screening test, the client’s past credit reports are verified to check if the tenants has had trouble with their rent owners in the past. Many irresponsible tenants tend to leave their owners place in disarray or else cause damage which they then refuse to pay. There are others who have a history of not paying their rent on time or ones who refuse to vacate. A verification process will ensure that you know you prospective clients well before you strike the deal.
It is always better to shell out some money on tenant screening and be on the safe side of law rather than being boorish because situations could very well take a turn for the worse.