Tenant Screening Tips

Real Estate Agents and Individual Rental Owners Need Tenant Screening Too

In the United States more than half of the country’s non-buying population is made up of real estate rentals.  Some owners choose to hire a property management company to take care of the complete rental process, but oftentimes real estate agents and individual landlords are the ones tasked with filling vacancies.  No matter who is renting a property the fact remains that applicants have rights that are protected by law.  The same criteria must be used for all applicants so no arguments can be made alleging discrimination took place.  Important questions still need to be answered though about whether the applicant will pay their bills on time, or if they have a past that would make them a risk to the property.

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How Digital Applications Drive Business

Anyone who has been to a multifamily educational conference in the last few years will have noticed a common session.  Such classes go under different titles, varying in focuses on social media, viral campaigns, or even the latest and greatest apps to be familiar with, however, all promote the necessity technology is if managers wish to be successful with the renter nation of today.  The demographic of tech savvy applicants is expanding exponentially by the year, forcing a shift in what works when trying keep occupancy rates high.  This is why successful property managers are utilizing online technology to simplify the approval process. They have found the benefits in:

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multifamily legislation

CA Fee Increase on Public Records

Governor Brown’s 2013-2014 budget could prove catastrophic to California’s property management companies, real estate agents, landlords and employers if passed as currently proposed. The budget includes a “per case” search fee for criminal and civil court records which will create an undue burden on California businesses and increase the threat to public safety in the rental housing community.

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multifamily legislation

Federal Trade Commission Highlights

This week, the FTC published their annual “highlights”. These highlights showcase what the FTC has been doing for the past year to protect American consumers.  Here is some of what constitutes a government regulatory agency’s “highlight”:

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Tenant Screening Tips

Streamlining your Tenant Screening

In this advancing technological age, developers across the country are innovating greater, faster methods of providing information.  For the property management industry this translates into the creation of a vast network of information on potential applicants, equipped with the delivery of increasing speeds and accuracy.  However, the difficulty with this specific type of data is that it largely includes regulated content that is scrutinized by governing entities (to ensure the protection of the consumer’s identities and rights).

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Guns: Residents Rights or Managers Rights?

The second amendment is stated in the Bill of Rights as: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. However, in the wake of recent, horrific events like the Cinemark shooting in Colorado and the elementary school shooting in Connecticut, the 2nd Amendment has been debated as either necessary or outdated.  With more than 6 million people in the United States estimated to have “right to carry” permits, this issue is on the minds of the entire nation.

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