A Guide to California Rental Application Fees

February 27th, 2020

Most real estate agents and landlords in California decide to charge a rental application fee when screening tenants. This is widely accepted practice can help cover the direct costs associated with screening tenants.

But the seemingly simple act of collecting rental application fees in California can be a big area of risk for you if you don’t do things the right way.

Which Documents Should I Request From A Tenant?

February 19th, 2020

Agents and Landlords rely on information provided by prospective tenants to ensure that the rental process goes smoothly. Of course, your screening service works to support you in making the right decision, but you should know what documents to ask from a tenant to make it a breeze to verify the information.

What Is A Transunion Smartmove Resident Score?

February 14th, 2020

As a landlord you want your experience in renting out your property to run smoothly. A big part of making that happen is finding a trustworthy tenant and Transunion SmartMove can help with that. You or (in the case of agent) your client don’t want to have to deal with payment problems, and protecting rental property income is likely to be at the top of your wish list.

What Does A Transunion Smartmove Report Show?

February 7th, 2020

The TransUnion SmartMove report is a great resource that gives you a Resident Score that shows how reliable your tenant is likely to be. As a landlord or agent, you need to ensure that you rent your property to the right person and that the process runs as smoothly as possible.

What Do Rental Background Checks Show?

January 30th, 2020

They should be an essential element of your screening process. Learn what you can find out from these tools and how you can put them to work faster and more easily.

You may think of a rental background check as a tedious process, a technicality during the task of finding a new tenant.

How Long Does Tenant Screening Take?

January 24th, 2020

Screening your tenants thoroughly before you rent your property out is one of the first steps you need to take in the leasing process. You need to prioritize creating a robust screening system and be able to not only answer the question how long does tenant screening take? But be sure that your information is reliable and up to date.

How Do I Order A Credit Report For A Tenant?

January 23rd, 2020

As part of your tenant background checking process, you need to know how financially responsible your prospective tenant is. After all, you need to be sure the rent will be paid on time and that you don't have any financial headaches. How do I order a credit report for a tenant? is a critical question for a landlord or rental agent.

What Is Credit Screening?

January 17th, 2020

In order to maximize cash flow in your investment property, it is essential that you keep your rentals filled. However, even more important than finding a tenant is finding the right tenant. An effective tenant screening process requires you to gather a variety of information, including financial and credit data.

How To Verify Tenant Employment

January 14th, 2020

On the list of stresses of being a landlord or agent, payment problems are right up there, and how to verify tenant employment is a key question. Whether you’re fielding late payments, partial payment queries, or even complete non-payments, it’s a headache you can do without.

How To Run A Background Check on Tenants

January 9th, 2020

As a landlord, you want to ensure you’re leasing your rental properties to tenants who will pay the rent on time and who are reliable and trustworthy. While it would be great if you could trust everyone, unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

People can put on a show and pretend to be the perfect neighbor, when in reality, they are hiding things from their past that may be a red flag to future property managers.

Basic Tenant Screening Questions

January 6th, 2020

At some point during the rental application process, you will be meeting face to face with an applicant. After reviewing a tenant screening report, it’s a good idea to come up with questions to ask an applicant. Whether it’s about the report or just general questions about the applicant, you should stay prepared.

How To Find The Right Tenant, Do’s & Don’ts

December 26th, 2019

Wondering how to find the right tenant for your current rental? Check out our do’s and don’ts for a better screening process.

There’s nothing worse than finding a tenant who seems reliable, then learning he or she is anything but. Unpaid rent, property abuse, excessive noise: all of these can create headaches for you and property neighbors.