When it comes to renting your property to a new tenant, it is worth investing the time to screen the tenant thoroughly, because the process of evicting the wrong tenant is no fun.
Trust but verify
In low-stakes situations, it’s fine to assume the best of people; however, when it comes to renting your property to a stranger, it pays to be a little suspicious. I call this trust but verify.
If you really have that sense that something’s fishy, you can call the same reference twice. In rare situations, people will ask a friend or family member to pose as a former landlord or employer. So, when you call the first time, the “landlord” is ready for you and may falsely answer questions about the prospective tenant’s rental history. Once you’ve completed that call, their guard drops. You can call again, preferably from a different phone number, and see if you get the same response or if instead of answering, “A-1 Property Management,” they simply…