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Najera, Home Owner in 76116

how can find out if tenant had evictions?

Asked by Najera, 76116 Wed Jun 20, 2012

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Contact prior property owner

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In addition to Suzanne's suggestion--which is the first thing you should do--ask the tenant for all locations he/she lived in for the past 5 years. And ask for contact information for the owners or landlords. Then contact each personally. Be careful that the tenant hasn't given you the name of a friend or accomplice. But that's pretty easy to detect.

Tip: To detect whether it's a friend or accomplice, here's what you do. Let's say the tenant says he/she paid $1,000 in rent. You call the reference and say, "I understand that [tenant] paid $1,100 a month in rent. Is that correct?" An accomplice--figuring that's what the would-be tenant said--will say that the number's correct. A real owner/landlord is very likely to say, "No. Actually, [tenant's] rent was $1,000."

Hope that helps.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
There services that will run a full back ground check including credit report, criminal background check and eviction history. It costs about $25 and it is well worth the cost.
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