How to Verify Prospective Tenant References

As a landlord, you will have to ask for tenant references when you have a rental that you need to fill. With so much uncertainty associated with new tenants, you never really know what to expect. You might luck into the best tenant that you could ever ask for or you could get a terrible one that ruins your rental. Tenant references are designed to give you an idea of what to expect from prospective renters once they move into your home. Here is how you can verify their references and increase your odds of success as a landlord.

Require Certain References

When you make up a rental application, specify exactly a certain group of references that you would like. Request that they provide you with three to five references that cannot be family members. Request professional references and you are more likely to get realistic information about them. 

Call Them

Another mistake that many people make is to not call all the references. They might call the first reference out of five and go by whatever they tell them. The first reference might be their best friend from high school. The last one might be a coworker that will tell you what to really expect. Just follow through with all of the references before you make a decision.

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