What questions can I ask a rental Prospect's employer to verify employment?

Asked by Alan Louie, Belmont, CA Wed Jul 16, 2008

Can I ask to verify how much the prospect makes?
Can I ask how ling the prospect has worked at this company?
Can I ask if this prosect has had any incident reports?
Would you recommend this person for hire?
Does this person start on the job on time?
Is this person well orgainzed?

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David Tapper, Agent, Burlingame, CA
Fri Sep 19, 2008
Everyone aske the same questions, try something differnt. Try asking the employer do decribe this persons job discriptions. If he or she starts to stumble, you might be on to something.

Prior to doing this, ask these questions to the prospect. Have you ever been fired or had a problem with an employer, and why? What's the longest amount of time you have been on one job?

Good luck,

Dave Tapper
Cashin Company'
San Mateo & Burlingame
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Songhua Hu, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Sat May 4, 2013
A better way to verify employment is to look for a regular direct deposit through bank statement. This way, you will not only know who is the employer, but also the income and pay frequency.

If you are worried about fake bank statement, you should consider use an electronic bank statement service such as Tenantify (https://tenantiy.com). I am the founder of the company, so I am a bit biased. But we did help landlord solve a major pain point in verifying employment and income.
Web Reference:  https://tenantify.com
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Wed Jul 16, 2008
I believe the only thing you can ask is if the person is employed the length of time of service too the company. You might be able to obtain income
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Huongvu, Home Owner, Wichita, KS
Thu Dec 8, 2011
what are the questions which i can ask applicant employer for verification?
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Gilbert Rich…, , Santa Clara County, CA
Tue May 4, 2010
If you want to ask more detailed questions the best way is to see if they use a potential verification of employment website and you can usually pull the information off of the website
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Gilbert Rich…, , Santa Clara County, CA
Fri Feb 26, 2010
I agree with Dave, if you use a friendly approach and ask for some details as far as length of time, what kind of work they do in a friendly conversational manner they usually give themselves away.
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Herb Schmule…, Agent, Burlingame, CA
Sun Aug 31, 2008
Just a thought, but I think you'll get a lot from looking at their credit report. You should run it or have someone run it for you.. Don't accept one that your applicant provides. Credit reports are a very good indicator if people pay their bills on time. You'll see that as well as how much debt they have. Keep focused and even if they seem nice, I'd think the credit report will tell you a lot. Calling someone doesn't really tell you much at all. Larger companies won't say much, and sometimes people use friends to act as if they were their supervisor.
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Jane Longley…, Agent, San Carlos, CA
Wed Jul 16, 2008
When verifying a tenant's employment, rarely do you want to start by calling the employer/supervisor that the tenant listed on the application. You might want to start by looking up the company's name in the phone book or online and calling the main number, requesting the Human Resource Department. It is sad to admit, but many of the tenants that you are NOT interested in having, know to enlist their friends to pose as a referral for both their jobs and previous landlords.

Usually in larger companies, Human Resources is the only department able to provide employment information and then they can only convey very limited information. They are apt to tell you that the employee does works there, and how long they have worked there. If you ask your questions correctly... "His application indicates that he makes $XXXX. Can you confirm that?" You might get better answers. It would be nice to know if the employee is there as a full time employee or under contract and if they know of any reason the employee may not continue with the company. As much as you may want to know about incidents, complaints, and work styles, I doubt you would get any of that information.

Be sure to check previous landlords carefully as well. If the home is privately owned, see if someone can find the property owner's name from the tax records for you to confirm you are talking to the right person. You will want to know if the tenant paid on time. Ask them if they would rent to them again and why they are leaving their current place.

Good Luck.
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