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Will Social Media and Search History Determine a Bad Tenant?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jun 28, 2016  |  Share       

Recent news highlights a new trend: a tenant screening tool that requests access to your Facebook messages. With so much of our social and search information available online, it's no surprise that employers and landlords may want to get to know applicants better. Many questions arise in the advent of Internet searches including privacy concerns. Also, if an applicant refuses to give access to this information, can it be used against them?

Most importantly, does social media and search history determine the ability to be a good tenant?

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Topics: bad tenants, Tenant Screening

Students Rent their Rooms on AirBnB

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 12, 2016  |  Share       

Ahhhh college... remember those days when you had ramen for every meal?  The extent of many student's creativity was adding cheese or cut up bologna to your noodles. These days, university students are getting increasingly creative and entrepreurial and it has many schools and student housing property owners upset. Taking advantage of the shared economy, many students are renting their rooms on AirBnB. So what's the problem?

Why are colleges and property owners up in arms about students renting their rooms on AirBnB?

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Topics: bad tenants, Tenant Screening, student housing

When Should Property Owners Conduct a Tenant Screening Check

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jan 21, 2014  |  Share       


Property owners have to make background checks on their tenants in order to be successful. In multi-family units, neighbors are close enough to see each other daily. Tenant screenings are not only important to protect the business from non-paying renters but also to maintain the safety and security of the other tenants from potential criminals. When in the rental application process should you conduct the tenant screening? The short answer to this question is as soon as possible to get the prospective tenant moved in quickly and avoid the holding costs on an empty unit. It isn’t always so easy, however.

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Topics: bad tenants, Resident Screening, Tenant Credit Checks, Taking Chances on People, Tenant Screening, Landlords

Your Tenant Screening Criteria Missed a Bad Tenant, Now What?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Dec 17, 2012  |  Share       

You are a property manager / landlord who thought you did a good job screening your tenants. But now, it is apparent that your screening process was inadequate and you have bad tenants. The most common problem is that tenants fail to pay rent, but that is not the only problem landlords encounter. Perhaps you have discovered that more people are living there than are allowed by the rental agreement.

You may have a policy against pets, but learn the tenants keep a pet ferret in the house. Then you find out the ferret is not housebroken. Maybe the neighbors are complaining about the horse in the back yard or the loud music that is played every night after midnight. Whatever the problem, you now know you have bad tenants. The big question is what to do next. 

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Topics: bad tenants, Tenant Screening, Landlords, Rent Collection

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