Tenant Screening
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tenant adding family members
I rented to this single guy 4 months ago. Now he tells me his college age daughter is moving in permanently. Should she be on the lease and subject to background check?
Proof of Income - NJ Rental
Hi all! We have a rental property that will soon be up for rent. I have not yet posted the property for rent but we have gotten requests for information from people in the area. My current neighbor rents the house next... View more
Section 8 Screening Process
My husband and I just bought our first section 8 property. I excited to learn the process and wanted to reach out to the Bigger Pockets community regarding a few things: 1. Do you do a pre-screen before you have the... View more
Application Fees ( How much and Who)?
Can anyone provide any advice on:1) What is reasonable application Fee to Charge ?2) WHO do you charge ? IE: I get 20 applications for a property - Do I go through and pick and choose who to charge app fee to ? I... View more
How would you handle this potential tenant?
Hello everyone! I am a Long time lurker and have read many of the BP books and followed discussions on here which helped push me to buy my first duplex.  It has been quite the project for me as I’ve had to do way more... View more
Rental Applications ( Fees )
What is generally acceptable to charge a prospective tenant for a rental application? Do you charge all applicants a fee or only the applicants that by reviewing the application you decide to do a more in-depth... View more
App for tenants to apply for housing.
I remember an app being talked about on one of the podcasts. The potential renters pay $40 (or so) to have a credit and background check run. Can anyone help me with the name?
Help!!! Would you rent to friends or family?
Hello everyone I have an interesting situation that I need some help with. My best friends parents just had to move due to there home having major code violations and them finding mold. They would probably not be my... View more
Newbie - First Ever Tenant Screening
I found my first tenant and everything seemed fine. I went over the requirements with her. Gross income three times rent, Credit score greater than 600, etc... All is good she says. During the showing she mentioned her... View more
Help Needed: Screening Applicants without W-2 Jobs
I’m relatively new to land lording and need some opinions/advice from more experienced investors. How would you screen someone’s income in the following scenario:An applicant for one of my units said he is semi... View more
Tailoring your space to Young Professionals
Hey folks,I'm shopping for my first property that will be a house hack so I will be an owner occupier with roommates. I know there are exceptions to fair housing when you live in a property since the tenant will be... View more
How do you screen Section 8 tenants?
Hey folks,I'm starting to make my rental units available for Section 8 tenants.Based on the research I've done, it seems that a standard credit check might not always be appropriate; after all, many Section 8 tenants... View more
Pasted together incomes from five people?
I was screening possible tenants in Nevada for a house, and I got a call from a group who all had very low income and loose-ties. A woman and her 2-month boyfriend, plus three other friends whom they didn't know super... View more
Do Property managers find tenants for you?
Hi I’m brand new to real estate investing and I’m looking to purchase my first property. I don’t know anything about tenant laws Or how to go about finding good tenants or even where to advertise. I’m learning but for... View more
Applicant has good credit, but terrible payment history - deny?
Had our very first tenant apply--good credit, 7x the income, nice guy, but I want to deny him -- can I?  He has a very poor history of on-time payments after seeing his credit report (like 60%)  -- but his score itself... View more
Tenant credit/eviction/background checks
First time landlord here. Curious what each of you screen a potential tenant for:CreditEvictionBackgroundOther?Also interested in recommendations on which services to use for this, and whether you pass the cost along... View more
Bad Tenants: How Do You Personally Deal With Them?
Is there anyone who would like to share any horror stories of dealing with bad tenants who seemed like trustworthy and upstanding citizens at first, but then eventually proceeded to avoid paying rent and/or causing... View more
Screening Section 8 Applicants
I’m a 1st time landlord in Colorado, preparing to rent out my first home. I got an applicant asking if I accept Section 8. While I believe Section 8 is protected here, I have my own minimum qualifying standard that... View more
Co-worker Wants To Rent
Howdy Ho!Happy Wednesday. Hope everyone is doing well. I'm hoping for some advice. I have been in nightmare project of constructing a top / bottom duplex. The top is finished and has been on market for about 3 weeks... View more
What are the benefits of Tenants Insurance?
Hi there, We have a housing facility on the second floor of my house. We had tenants there. They vacated the house last week. So before accommodating new tenants, we are planning to take tenant's insurance coverage.... View more
Zillow Tenant Application Screening
Hello everyone,Zillow charges $29 to a prospective tenant that fills out an application with the credit and background check. I'm just looking for a reality check. Do some landlords collect the application fee directly... View more
Can't Screen Tenant . . .What to do?
Hi Everyone,My tenant's son just moved into the property with her. I have been unable to screen and process this new tenant. He is 19 years old. I have tried using Cozy to screen him, but the platform cannot verify his... View more