Why Renters Should Do a Background Check on a Potential Landlord

As renters, we’re all used to getting our backgrounds investigated, whether through credit checks or letters of recommendation. They help protect landlords from taking on a tenant with a history of bad behavior.

But who’s protecting the renters? Most of us have never considered doing a background check on a prospective landlord before signing a lease, and that’s a mistake that can cause headaches and cost time and money.

Here’s how to quickly assess a landlord’s reputation.

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How to Find the Perfect Tenant: Tips for Renting Your Space

If there’s anything the Airbnb economy Keyshas taught us, it’s that there’s money to be had in renting out houses and apartments.

With interest rates low and the rental market strong, some enterprising Americans are buying up properties and taking on tenants. It’s big business: Landlords and real estate investors lease roughly 44 million single-family homes and house 60 million people, a recent study by Real Property Management found.

The best way to be a successful landlord is to be prepared — for tenants who don’t pay rent, noise violations, and property damage. Evicting a terrible tenant can be tough, as many states and municipalities have landlord-tenant laws that favor renters. Here’s how to find the perfect tenant — and get it right the first time.

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