3 Tests Every Applicant Must Pass

by | Sep 6, 2010 | Rental Property Management Tips, Tenant Screening

By Adam Kruse

Property Manager Adam Kruse with The Hermann London Group in  Missouri spends a lot of his time screening tenants.  The trick is to make that time worth spending.

Here are three tests he applies when screening tenants:

Are they responsible?

“When I’m considering a prospect, I always ask them to call me back at a certain time,” Adam says.  If they do, they passed the test.  And if they don’t, that means a headache tenancy diverted.

Are they interested? 

“I always make prospects come and meet me at my office to talk in person,”  he says.  “I ask them about their job history, where they currently live, do they have pets, ask if you can call their past landlord, and I ask about their credit history. If they are willing to sit down and go over this information, I know they are serious.”

Will they commit? 

“If they appear serious, I make them pay an application fee and fill out a rental application,” he continues.  “That keeps them loyal.” 

“Then, we like to do an extensive and thorough tenant background check up front to avoid any costly and timely blunders after they move in.”

Adam Kruse is a property manager and licensed real estate broker with The Hermann London Group LLC, serving St. Louis, Missouri.

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