When renting your own home. What is the proccess for screening tenants?

Asked by Ana, 92392 Mon Jan 28, 2008

Do I need a business license in order to screen tenants?

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Bill Schwent, Agent, Santa Fe, NM
Mon Jan 28, 2008
Make sure that you have the names and phone numbers of your potential tenant's last two landlords. And make sure you talk with who ever that is. Some people have a marginal credit report but pay their rent on time and take care of the property. If they have not rented recently because they owned their last domicile, ask for the name of the real estate broker who sold the house for them. Then, from the listing broker, get the name of the actual selling broker. Talk with both or all of them.
Web Reference:  http://www.remax-santafe.com
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Patti Philli…, , Carlsbad, CA
Mon Jan 28, 2008
Ana, Also, if you are using a Realtor to help in the rental process they usually have an affiliation with a lender who can run the credit on the renters. Don't rent without checking them out thoroughly, you might end up in a real pickle!

Patti Phillips
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Liz Stevens, , Berkeley, CA
Mon Jan 28, 2008
You want to have a current credit report on everyone who will be living there, and references - at least three of them. Call all references. Liz
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SM, , Lakeland, FL
Mon Jan 28, 2008
You do not need a business license to screen a tenant, however you are only able to obtain limited information without a business license. It is possible to use a service like http://www.e-renter.com and establish your criteria and then they will tell you whether or not the person met the criteria. Good luck to you! Check out their web site for more info.
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