If you were to run a rental business, it is possible for you to wish for the perfect tenant. However, in reality there is no such thing as the perfect tenant, there can only be the good.
It is hard to find a person who can like your rental system, your rates and embrace your rules and regulation whole-heartedly with great fear of violating it. Even if you have obtained the one which you seemingly consider good, he or she may have instances of making violations. Or perhaps, you may encounter disagreements due to confusion in interpreting the conditions. However, as a landlord, you must not give up on finding the good tenant. The good is better than the bad. And do believe that you can benefit well if you take time to search for them.
What then is a good tenant? This person is someone who is like you. He or she shares the same passion in caring for a home. Although violations are made, they will always try to maintain the property so that at the end of their tenancy, the property would show little or no signs of deterioration. This person would also make on time payments. It may be understandable that some payments may not be made on time. But he or she would never be scared to let you know of the problem and pay you back the soonest.
However, it is hard to tell if the person has these qualities. Hence, you must have a system in order to determine, whether or not a person is potentially a good tenant. Here is the list of things you can do:
Advertise your home so that people will know it is for rent. On your ad, describe the type of people you want to occupy your space or home without any regard or reference to race, religion, nationality, color, creed, familial status or even disability.
All prospective tenants should submit documents and fill up application forms. Make sure they comply with all documents before their application will be considered. It is important that you make use of these documents so that you will have a more objective basis of evaluating your tenants.
After receiving the applications and requirements, sort out those that were denied and approved. If you must, call those who were rejected and let them know of their status. This helps them to move on.
For the accepted clients, set up an interview. This is the part where you need to use your judgment more. Ask questions related to their jobs, about their selves, lifestyle and many more. Anything related to home management should also be asked.
If you want to be more in-depth with your research, perform a background check.
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