We are here in beautiful Maui for the 28th Annual National Association of Residential Property Management (NARPM) convention. One of the topics we have been covering is tenant screening, and you might be wondering why would landlords hire a professional company like Foundation Rentals to do tenant screening when you could do it yourself? The reason is: process.

San Rafael Professional Property Management Process – Credit

We have a very specific two-point check process for every item on our tenant screening qualification list. There are some examples we can share with you from real life that illustrate why a professional company can do a better job of screening potential tenants. First, think about credit checks. It’s easy to want to trust a tenant. They will give you an official looking credit report and you will take a look at it and think – wonderful! They are qualified. But it’s easy to falsify these documents, and we have seen it happen. We never accept credit reports from tenants or outside sources. We pull them ourselves and we’re really good at reading them. We understand what goes into them and why, and we know which red flags to notice..?

San Rafael Professional Property Management Process – Pay Stubs

Pay stubs are another area of concern when you’re trying to verify income. In a digital age, it’s also easy to falsify those documents. We look for something on paper and then we back it up with an outside reference. Look up the company the tenants work for, Google the correct phone number, and make sure you’re talking to a real supervisor. It should all make sense, and the information on the application should match the information that you receive from an employment reference.

These are just two examples, and there’s a lot more to talk about. If you have any questions about San Rafael tenant screening, or if you’d like to hear more about our San Rafael property management services, please contact us at Foundation Rentals and Relocation.