3 More Subtle Red Flags to Watch For When Screening Tenants in Tampa Bay

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As a landlord, you know that there are a lot of things that can throw up red flags when you are looking for a prospective tenant. Things such as bad credit, no credit history, etc. are all signs that you may not want to rent to this person. However, did you know that there are also some more subtle signs that a prospective renter might not be the right one for you? below are three signs that aren’t as obvious as other ones might be but they are ones you should be wary of just the same.

Complains About Filling Out Application – The majority of the qualified tenants will understand that you have to fill out an application when you are renting, you’re an apartment. If they have nothing to hide, they will have no trouble filling out the personal information so that they can move forward with securing the property. If you run into someone who doesn’t want to fill out the application, there’s a good chance that they have something to hide.

There are Mistakes or Blanks on Their Application – Someone who is serious about filing out the application will treat it like they’re applying for a job. Just like leaving empty spots or making mistakes on a job application can put their job prospects in jeopardy, this should be a sign to you that this person may not be the right renter for you. an incurrent phone number for a reference or a street name spelled incorrectly are just two of the signs that they may be trying to mislead you

Not only that, but if they left areas blank, it could mean that they’re really not serious about being approved or that they hope you won’t do further investigation.

Resistance or Hesitation About Providing When Asked for SSN – With all of the recent problems that people have had with identity theft, it’s not a big surprise that some people are going to be leery about giving out their SSN. However, someone who is experienced with renting understands that when you rent a house or an apartment, a credit check will be done. This only can be done using their SSN. Qualified tenants should be happy that you have thorough criteria for screening since it demonstrates that you put value in choosing right renters. If they don’t want to give you their SSN, there’s a good chance that there’s things on their credit that they don’t want you to see.

These are just three of the more subtle signs that you should look for when you are interviewing perspective tenants for your place. They may not be as glaringly obvious as other signs, but they are concerning just the same.

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