Just recently, a friend of ours, Bryan, rented out a self-contained unit beneath his, in his 3-story home. We were round visiting when the maybe-tenant-to-be stopped by with his girlfriend to meet Brendan for the first time. This would have been a couple of months ago. And everything seemed to be going just fine, because next thing we saw was Bryan turning over a set of keys, and shaking the fellow’s hand and saying ‘see you soon’. Within two weeks, there were comings and goings at all hours at the flat, and a lot of yelling and arguing in the middle of the night. Brendan told us that he figured his tenant was dealing, and that he clearly wasn’t getting on with his girlfriend either. It was when the police stopped by asking for the tenant, that Bryan asked the tenant to leave. He said, it was a ‘helluva hassle’, no nicer way to put it, getting the tenant to actually leave, and having to do a thorough cleaning and scrubbing of the unit to get it show-worthy again.
An experience like that is bound to make you take a different approach in choosing and screening a tenant. You don’t want to go through the experience of evicting a tenant, and neither do you need to, to get good at tenant vetting.
Reality check: Would you ever leave your backdoor open when you go out? I’d only hope, that you reply in indignation “No. Never!”. The thing is your parents may have. This is a classic example of how times, and trust have changed. You want to be up-to-speed, and to be on the safe side, you want to go through a professional vetting service.
PeopleSearches.com will do a background check on anyone you’re thinking of giving a set of house or apartment keys to, before you actually give them the keys, of course. This way you’ll know if they really are who they say they are, and you’ll have confirmation of their employment, income and reference checks. Anything less is like leaving the backdoor unlocked.