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Tenant Screening 101: How to Get the Best Tenant for Your Irvine Rental Property

Written by Garrett Lushington

July 13, 2017

One of the most important topics in Irvine property management is finding a great tenant. Conducting a tenant background check includes five key elements: credit, backgr

ound, income, assets, and rental history.

Credit Reports

Not all credit reports are created equal. We recommend getting a Tri-Merge credit report on every adult who will be on the lease. It will give you a full picture of the credit and financial health of your potential tenants.

Background Checks

There are four things to check when you’re conducting a background check; a criminal history, an eviction history, public records, and the sexual predator database. Always do a national search when you’re doing these background checks – don’t just limit your search to your specific area or county.

Job and Income Verification

To verify employment and income, you should ask for the two most recent check stubs for salaried employees. Phone-verify the employer as well so you can be sure your applicants work where they say they work. For self-employed applicants, ask for two years of tax returns to verify income, or 12 months of bank statements, or both. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if the numbers don’t add up.

Asset Verification

For asset verification, as

k for bank statements for the last two months. This will ensure they have the funds to cover moving costs. You can also look to see if there is any insufficient funds activity.

Prior Landlord References

We phone verify an applicant’s current and former landlords to find out if the tenant paid rent on time and if they took care of the property and respected it during their tenancy.

Couple receiving keys for their rental property.

Nothing is more important than sourcing a great tenant. Follow these five tips and you’ll be well on your way. If you have any questions about tenant screening or property management in Irvine, please contact us at HCM Property Management, and we’d be happy to help you.

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