2017 Overview on Screening- 10 steps to help screen a application

by jay.raman@ashokalion.com 6, December 2016 08:07

 

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A few years ago, we wrote an article discussing the importance of screening your tenants when your a landlord or property management company. Today, we wanted to discuss 10 steps to effectively screen your application with minimal issues and find the best applicant.   There are no fool proof ways to screen tenants, but these steps will hep you mitigate chances of accepting tenants who will not pay rent.  

1) Have prospective tenants fill out a written or online application- realtors and licensed property managers usually have access to forms that applicants fill out in a written manner. It is easier to detect inconsistencies and issues when reviewing a written application.

2) Clear Eligibility Requirements-Realtors and landlords should have clearly written guidelines on what you are looking for a tenant. Realtors and property managers should be aware that this is the law in the state of Texas

3) Review Criminal Convictions- HUD states that you cannot deny based on arrest, but you can evaluate convictions. This is due to "disparate impact" that proponents argue targets minorities. Therefore, managers and realtors should have ways to review criminal convictions not just arrest. 

4) Review judgements for evictions, bankruptcy, foreclosures- Credit scores can be skewed by using legal protections to discharge debts,etc. Therefore, reviewing the applicants judgements may give insight into issues that tenant prospects have had meeting their obligations over the past years. Property Managers shoud know a idea of how many years that they want to have good rental history so this may help provide context as to why applicants have limited rental history. 

5) Try to interview current and past landlords- Since property management firms and landlords need to gain better insight into how tenants will take care of your home. This means reaching out to interview them. 

6) Try to obtain copy of current lease- There are times when a current landlord is unvailable. If you can get a copy of the current lease, then you can review contact information, terms,etc.   Hopefully, you can confirm lease terms, rent, and owner contact information to match to what was provided in application.

7) Scan credit reports for issues on the report- If you can obtain credit report, then the landlord or property manager can scan to see if there are any amounts from places that look like apartment complexs to possibly detect damanges or broken lease issues. You can also see in reports that there are other report addresses to confirm addresses provided. 

8) Request copies of paycheck stubs- obtaining a few paychecks (we request 2 months) to help you identify if pay fluctuates or is it steady. It also allows land lords and management companies to verify employment information provided in the application.

9) Obtain pictures of animals- Do you accept pit bulls? Many owners will say no, but they may not realize that a more formal name for a pit bull is "staffordshire terrier".  By obtaining pictures, you and your owners can better understand what kind of animals a tenant may have with them. 

10) Run applications on everyone over 18 years of age- If you have adults living in a home, you should know their criminal background and potentially rental history. What if a applicant who would be a occupant destroyed a previous residence? Without screening all adults that will live at the home, then you expose yourself to same risk of putting in bad tenants. 


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1743 Oakbury Available for Rent in Humble

by Ankit.Mohan 29, February 2016 03:52

Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has a new property available for rent at 1743 Oakbury.

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Nestled on a corner lot with mature trees, this property will not disappoint! It has a great floor plan with over 1900 square feet. As you enter, there is a formal living and dining area. The living room is spacious and there is a den with a wood burning fire place. The kitchen is open and has a quaint breakfast nook area. Relax in luxury in your large master bedroom with walk-in in the closet.

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21131 Wortham Oaks Drive Available for Rent in Humble

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Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has a new property available for rent at 21131 Wortham Oaks Drive.

 If you are looking to rent a property in Houston, then you should definitely check this Lion Real Estate Group house available for rent. 


 

Cute, one story 3 bedroom, 2 bath home that offers spacious living areas. Kitchen provides plenty of cabinet and counter space. Nice sized, fully fenced backyard.

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5711 Sonoma Ridge Available for Rent in Missouri City

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Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has a new property available for rent at 5711 Sonoma Ridge.

 

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Tenant in process of moving out and make ready to begin. Showings between 9 am and 7 pm and one hour notice required. Rare 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2 car garage in the beautiful Sienna Plantation community. You and your family will enjoy a large and luxurious home, while also having access to the incredible water park pool area and great schools. And all for an affordable price. Come see it today!

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by Sachin.Bhardwaj 13, June 2015 06:34

Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has a new property Coming Soon for rent at 25306 Alverstone Dr.


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Come see this gorgeous recently built 5 bed/3 bath/2,611 sq ft home in the King Lakes subdivision. This house includes a spacious game room upstairs, covered patio, and an amazing kitchen! This kitchen features granite counter-tops, a large Island for guests to gather around, and modern stainless steel appliances. This home has great curb appeal and a spacious 2 car garage. Be worry free about lawn maintenance as this house includes a sprinkler system. Don't miss out and schedule a showing today!


When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.  Check out the Walkscore for 25306 Alverstone Dr.


Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has been in business since 2006. We assist rental property seekers move in, search for a suitable property and get all the documents processed.


If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.  

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9718 Brannon Point Ln for Rent in Humble

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Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has a new property available for rent at 9718 Brannon Point Ln.


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Stunning 4 bedroom/ 3.5 bath home for rent in the Cayon Gate @ Park Lakes subdivision! This spacious 3956 sq ft home includes high ceilings, a media room, custom built-ins, and an open layout. The kitchen opens up to a living room with a cozy fireplace and ceiling fan. The master bedroom is huge with a luxurious en suite bath which includes a jacuzzi tub and separate shower! Beautiful landscaping out front and great curb appeal add to the charm of this lovely home. Don't miss out. Schedule a showing today!


When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.  Check out the Walkscore for 9718 Brannon Point Ln.


Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has been in business since 2006. We assist rental property seekers move in, search for a suitable property and get all the documents processed.


If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.  

Feel free to contact us at 832-295-0541. Email: leads@lionrealestate.com

Ashoka Lion and The Lion Real Estate Group look forward to helping you find a home to rent for in Houston area.

Coming soon 16410 Monte Carlo Ln for Rent in Houston, TX 77053

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Charming 3 bed/2 bath home for rent in the Quail Bridge subdivision! This home is conveniently located near FM 2234 and the Sam Houston Tollway. This home has an attached garage, fully fenced backyard and tile throughout the kitchen, living area, and bathrooms. A brick fireplace accents the living area to give the room a cozy atmosphere. Tenant will vacate the house May 31st and a new tenant will be able to move in as soon as June 15th. Schedule a showing today!


When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.  Check out the Walkscore for 16410 Monte Carlo Ln.


Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has been in business since 2006. We assist rental property seekers move in, search for a suitable property and get all the documents processed.


If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.  

Feel free to contact us at 832-295-0541. Email: leads@lionrealestate.com

Ashoka Lion and The Lion Real Estate Group look forward to helping you find a home to rent for in

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1509 Oneil St available for Rent in Houston

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Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has a new property available for rent at 1509 Oneil St.

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Lovely 2 bed 2 bath 2 car garage home in Midtown. Flowing Wood floors in the living, TV bracket included above Fireplace. Engulfing Kitchen With Sink Island and Updated Cabinets. Stainless Steel appliances and a Whirlpool 25.6 CuFt French Door Refrigerator. New Washer/Dryer. Closet Space a Plenty. Dual Master Suites with full baths and lots of cabinets and closet space. Midtown is where you have it all! Tons of restaurants, Shopping, Nightlife all Minutes away! Playground with in a short walk! Schedule a showing today!


When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.  Check out the Walkscore for 1509 Oneil St.


Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has been in business since 2006. We assist rental property seekers move in, search for a suitable property and get all the documents processed.


If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page. 

Feel free to contact us at 832-295-0541. Email: leads@lionrealestate.com

Ashoka Lion and The Lion Real Estate Group look forward to helping you find a home to rent for in

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455 Pleasant Vista Dr For Rent in Dallas

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Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston will soon have a new property available for rent at 1821 Palm St.


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When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.  Check out the Walkscore for 1821 Palm St.


Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has been in business since 2006. We assist rental property seekers move in, search for a suitable property and get all the documents processed.


If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.


Feel free to contact us at 832-295-0541. Email: leads@lionrealestate.com.

Ashoka Lion and The Lion Real Estate Group look forward to helping you find a home to rent for in Houston area.