From the BiggerPockets Blog

 BiggerPockets Blog »

Jump to Forum View All

Click a category below to view different forum categories.

BiggerPockets

General Info

BiggerPockets Q&A, Site Questions, & Announcements

1505 topics, 14368 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:15PM

BiggerPockets Exclusive PRO Area

116 topics, 837 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 04:46PM

New Member Introductions

10852 topics, 85303 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:51PM

Real Estate Success Stories

392 topics, 6102 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 05:35PM

General Real Estate

General Real Estate

Buying & Selling Real Estate

5908 topics, 46597 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:49PM

Renters

641 topics, 5798 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:44PM

Get Foreclosure Help - Help Stop Foreclosure Forum

316 topics, 2557 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 03:58AM

Home Owner Association (HOA) Issues & Problems Forum

237 topics, 1608 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 04:51PM

Do it Yourself

653 topics, 6258 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 05:42PM

Reviews & Feedback

Real Estate Deal Analysis and Advice

3658 topics, 29326 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:44PM

Real Estate Guru, Book & Course Reviews and Discussions

1129 topics, 11533 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:08PM

Ask About A Real Estate Company

736 topics, 7287 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:11PM

Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Strategies

Wholesaling

5587 topics, 43656 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 07:58PM

Rehabbing and House Flipping

3322 topics, 30901 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:32PM

Real Estate Development & New Home Construction

551 topics, 4678 posts — Last Post 04/14/14, 01:02AM

Innovative Strategies

699 topics, 5992 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 04:12PM

Tax Liens, Notes, Paper, & Cash Flows Discussion

863 topics, 6654 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 02:24PM

Rent to Own a.k.a. Lease Purchase, Lease Options

690 topics, 4864 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 06:15PM

1031 Exchanges

143 topics, 1052 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 05:39PM

Foreclosure Investing

General Foreclosure & Pre-Foreclosure Forums

1686 topics, 11281 posts — Last Post 04/15/14, 03:20AM

HUD, VA, and Tax Sales

414 topics, 3087 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 06:02PM

REOs

1212 topics, 10563 posts — Last Post 04/15/14, 01:08PM

Short Sales

1533 topics, 13117 posts — Last Post 04/15/14, 07:10PM

Landlord & Tenant Forums

Landlord & Rental Property Questions

7188 topics, 70542 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:33PM

Mobile Homes & Mobile Home Park Investing

636 topics, 5127 posts — Last Post 04/15/14, 09:59PM

Investor Basics

Starting Out

7679 topics, 60294 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:48PM

Investor Psychology

430 topics, 6092 posts — Last Post 04/14/14, 06:53PM

General Real Estate Investing

4711 topics, 37150 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:41PM

Real Estate Investor Marketing

1728 topics, 14076 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 05:33PM

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Investing Forum

1408 topics, 8975 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:32PM

Multi-Family and Apartment Investing

1101 topics, 9165 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 12:58PM

The Business of Real Estate

Real Estate Technology and the Internet

Real Estate Technology, Social Media & Blogging

638 topics, 4883 posts — Last Post 04/15/14, 01:41PM

Business Basics

Goals, Business Plans & Entities

828 topics, 7527 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:32PM

Real Estate Finance & Legal

Financial, Tax, and Legal

Tax, Legal Issues, Contracts, Self-Directed IRA

2781 topics, 19979 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 06:35PM

Property Insurance

309 topics, 2041 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 02:16PM

Personal Finance Discussion

328 topics, 2713 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 07:12PM

Loans, Mortgages, Credit Lines

Private & Conventional Lending Discussion

2824 topics, 19664 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 07:05PM

Creative Real Estate Financing

1207 topics, 8759 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 03:55PM

Crowdfunding Real Estate

35 topics, 455 posts — Last Post 04/14/14, 02:14PM

Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Agents

1205 topics, 7950 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:10PM

Bankers, Lenders, and Mortgage Brokers

440 topics, 1917 posts — Last Post 04/15/14, 07:37AM

Contractors

263 topics, 1663 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 05:49PM

Local Real Estate

Local Real Estate

Local Real Estate Networking & Recommendations

1983 topics, 11572 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 07:43PM

Americans & International Real Estate

161 topics, 566 posts — Last Post 04/14/14, 11:19AM

Foreigners Buying in the USA

62 topics, 409 posts — Last Post 04/10/14, 06:27AM

Canadian Real Estate

64 topics, 426 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:34AM

Marketplace

Real Estate Marketplace

Real Estate Marketplace

14985 topics, 53862 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:29PM

Real Estate Events and Happenings

162 topics, 2442 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 05:59PM

Off-Topic

Off Topic

Off-Topic

2902 topics, 32399 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 03:07PM

Housing News & Real Estate Market

914 topics, 8346 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:48PM

BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Summit

97 topics, 1751 posts — Last Post 04/10/14, 02:27PM

BiggerPockets Resources

Forums » Landlord & Rental Property Questions » Do you require visting a prospective tenant's residence?

Do you require visting a prospective tenant's residence?

8 posts by 6 users

Signup

· Illinois


I have read to do this - that way, you can avoid the hoarders, dogs who chew up the place (if you accept pets), tenants who are overly messy, too hard on the unit.

The other side of the equation is they may think you're asking too much & move on to rent from the competition.

What do you do?



Real Estate Investor · Garland, Texas


I do a drive by if they are local. If they are on the bubble, I try to visit them at their house, but this is rare.


Jon Klaus, SellPropertyFast
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 214-929-6545
Website: http://www.facebook.com/Buttermilks


Real Estate Investor · Montesano, Washington


I've read the same -that this is a good idea. Especially when you stop by un-announced :) However, I rarely do this. I might drive by, if I'm in the neighborhood. Usually not, though. Though with the recent glut of crappy tenants I've been dealing with - perhaps I should start


Small_bp-squareBrandon Turner, BiggerPockets
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.BiggerPockets.com
Community Manager & Senior Editor - BiggerPockets.com Follow me on Twitter! @BrandonAtBP


Real Estate Investor · Audubon, Pennsylvania


I do so as much as is practical. For example, had some people who were relocating from FL - I'm not going to travel that far to check. But if they are within 30 to 45 minutes drive, I want to see. The saying is: They will take care of your rental the same as they are taking care of where they now rent.

I try to actually pick up completed applications from them in the house where they now live - nobody has said no who was seriously interested. One actually commented that they had received similar requests from a number of landlords in a row! I offered the above saying as the basic explanation to get them to understand. Did not get an application from that one ...

Now you do have to be mindful of distinguishing deferred maintenance issues (peeling paint on woodwork / walls) from neglect / abuse / carelessness / failure to keep tidy and clean.


Steve Babiak, Redeeming Properties, LLC
Telephone: 6109082183
...


Real Estate Investor · Michigan


I read a book on landlording and the guy said he would go to the house unannounced. When he walked in, he would ask himself two questions:

1. If this lady made me a sandwich right now, would I eat it?
2. Would I want to clean up this house after they move out?

If the answer to both was yes, he approved them.



Real Estate Investor · Garland, Texas


Originally posted by Rob K:
I read a book on landlording and the guy said he would go to the house unannounced. When he walked in, he would ask himself two questions:

1. If this lady made me a sandwich right now, would I eat it?
2. Would I want to clean up this house after they move out?

If the answer to both was yes, he approved them.

.

This would have saved me a lot of money and aggravation if I had asked myself these questions in the past. No, no, NOOOO!


Jon Klaus, SellPropertyFast
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 214-929-6545
Website: http://www.facebook.com/Buttermilks


Real Estate Investor · Chicago, Illinois


I almost always visit perspective tenants homes. It gives some insight on them and how your rental property may look in due time, announced arrival or not. I don't like being completely oblivious as to what type of personality is borrowing my expensive asset.



Real Estate Investor · Audubon, Pennsylvania


There is another topic going on now about pets in a rental. If the tenant has pets, you definitely want to make sure you do a visit to where they are at before accepting them. You will be able to see whether they care for the pet properly, and you'll be able to smell what your place will smell like if you were to accept them. Just to add another point to what is already in this thread.


Steve Babiak, Redeeming Properties, LLC
Telephone: 6109082183
...




Sign up