If you are a good landlord or property manager – you screen tenant applicants. This involves a variety of things including checking previous rental history, employment verification, and some are very in depth and verify SS numbers and do criminal background and credit checks.
And chances are, if you have a good prospective tenant – they are checking YOU out as well! Considering that, have you done a check on yourself lately?
But how many of your prospective tenants are checking YOU out? Likely, most of them. Often times, good tenants will be just as picky about who they have as a landlord. And what will those prospective tenants find out about you? Are you as great a landlord as you are expecting a tenant to be?
So what are tenants looking for?
History of court appearances. If you are a landlord who finds yourself in court a lot, chances are – you have some issues. Some of the best landlords and property managers have never found it necessary to be in court over landlord/tenant issues. Court cases are public records and easily attainable.
Organized and “together”. If your paperwork, system of applying for occupancy, even your system for meeting a tenant and showing them is haphazard, then chances are – your management style will be the same.
Great reputation and recommendations. People want to talk to other people – other tenants, neighbors, etc. Are you confident enough to give out names and numbers?
Reliability. Can your tenants count on you? Even if you are a single person operation – you should still be available, answer your phone, return calls, act promptly when it comes to issues, etc.
Are you personable? Good property managers have many things in common – and one of those things is – they are personable. Good tenants can spot good and bad personalities out right away. If you are pleasant, honest, able to communicate well and take the time to show a home, all while getting to know the person you are talking to – it will show.
This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions. Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2014. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission: KGCProperties@gmail.com .