You should also request supporting documentation such as:
• Government-issued ID • Proof of income • Bank statement • Tax returns
These documents can all be collected with AAOA’s Apply Now link, a free digital rental application link you can share with prospective tenants. Once you have the applications in hand, you are ready to run a thorough background check. This process should include checking their credit history, evictions, tax liens, civil judgments, identity, income, and criminal background. You should also call previous landlords and their current employer to uncover information that may not be part of public records. AAOA can make these calls for you if you are short on time. When you get the results, make sure to apply your criteria equally to all applicants so as not to discriminate. AAOA can help you read the results of the reports as well if you have any questions.
This information not only serves you when you are screening the tenants, but also can come in handy if a tenant skips out on you without paying rent.
MAKE SURE TO APPLY YOUR CRITERIA EQUALLY TO ALL APPLICANTS.
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