#AskBP 099: What Are the Most Important Criteria for Screening Tenants?

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On today’s #AskBP Podcast, Mindy Jensen talks about the importance of tenant screening, the criteria you should be looking at, and what makes a good tenant.

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Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast. He began buying rental properties and flipping houses at age 21, discovering he didn’t need to work 40 years at a corporate job to have “the good life.” Today, with nearly 100 rental units and dozens of rehabs under his belt, he continues to invest in real estate while also showing others the power, and impact, of financial freedom. His writings have been featured on Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, FoxNews.com, Money Magazine, and numerous other publications across the web and in print media. He is the author of The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down, The Book on Rental Property Investing, and co-author of The Book on Managing Rental Properties, which he wrote alongside his wife, Heather, and How to Invest in Real Estate, which he wrote alongside Joshua Dorkin. A life-long adventurer, Brandon (along with Heather and daughter Rosie) splits his time between his home in Washington State and various destinations around the globe.


  1. Cameron Norfleet

    Great post…. As for previous landlord references, I usually pull up the public information records for the property that the landlord supposedly owns prior to calling them. When I call, I’ll ask all the usual tenant reference questions, then I’ll ask questions based on the information in the public records such as “When did you purchase the property?”, “How much did you purchase it for?”, “What bank did you finance the property through?”

    As long as I explain the reason for these questions, landlords are pretty open to the questions.

  2. Richard Guzman on

    Great show! I thought that discrimination laws only apply if I was a license agent or the equavalent — if I am just a homeowner I can select what ever tenant I want? Just wondering —

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