Tenant Background Check

Tenant Background Check

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conquerourfoes

Newbern, TN

#1 Feb 8, 2013
It’s alarming to see the number of meth busts that are taking place in rental homes. What is more concerning is the number of landlords that rent out their properties to individuals without ever conducting a background check/credit report. By conducting these two simple inquiries, we can start taking back our neighborhoods and stop this vicious meth storm from devastating our communities and families. Instead, certain landlords know that dealing with these sick individuals, landlords see it as an opportunity to take cash “under the table” and not report on their tax return. Maybe it is time that landlords be held accountable for they type of people they rent their property to and how it affects those that have to live next door that go to work every day, pay their taxes, and try and live the American Dream that is in reality becoming a meth nightmare!
guest

United States

#2 Feb 8, 2013
conquerourfoes wrote:
It’s alarming to see the number of meth busts that are taking place in rental homes. What is more concerning is the number of landlords that rent out their properties to individuals without ever conducting a background check/credit report. By conducting these two simple inquiries, we can start taking back our neighborhoods and stop this vicious meth storm from devastating our communities and families. Instead, certain landlords know that dealing with these sick individuals, landlords see it as an opportunity to take cash “under the table” and not report on their tax return. Maybe it is time that landlords be held accountable for they type of people they rent their property to and how it affects those that have to live next door that go to work every day, pay their taxes, and try and live the American Dream that is in reality becoming a meth nightmare!
You do realize that when a meth lab is busted in a rental property the property owner has to pay dearly to have a state certified cleaner come in and decontaminate the place don't you? The property can't be rented until it has been cleaned and it is very expensive. No landlord wants to rent to some idiot that is going to run a meth lab in the house he rents. And a background check is expensive, besides that won't necessarily tell you he won't decide to get in the meth businessat some time in the future.
hearsay

Sioux City, IA

#4 Feb 8, 2013
The state cert. cleaners is anyone with a sponge.I know one of the women doing clean ups & shes a pot head.anyone can do it so many dont get what they need.
guest

United States

#5 Feb 8, 2013
hearsay wrote:
The state cert. cleaners is anyone with a sponge.I know one of the women doing clean ups & shes a pot head.anyone can do it so many dont get what they need.
While that may be the case, they still charge a bundle to get the house cleaned and certified. I don't own rental property but have a friend that owns a few houses and this is a real problem for him. He has had a couple of houses that had meth labs in them and it has really cost him a lot of money to get them cleaned up...and he can't rent them out again until they have been certified by the state as habitable. I can assure you he doesn't rent to anyone that he thinks will run a meth lab in one, it is a real problem to him...and money under the table wouldn't help him. Besides how many of those folks running the so called labs have any money, they are all drug head bums and broke since they spend all their money on getting high. Most can't afford bail when they do get caught.
LearnedMyLessonO nRenters

Dyersburg, TN

#6 Feb 8, 2013
Go to the top floor of the courthouse and do a background check. I don't think it costs anything. Can't recall but definitely check out the people who are wanting to rent from you. Always have prospecitve renters complete an application and ask for former landlords, references, former jobs. It pays to do the courthouse check.Check for examples of rental applications online.
Business Man

Sioux City, IA

#7 Feb 8, 2013
LearnedMyLessonOnRenters wrote:
Go to the top floor of the courthouse and do a background check. I don't think it costs anything. Can't recall but definitely check out the people who are wanting to rent from you. Always have prospecitve renters complete an application and ask for former landlords, references, former jobs. It pays to do the courthouse check.Check for examples of rental applications online.
This is good advice and I also highly recommend doing an extensive background check. I am a landlord and I want to see employment history,landlord history going back the last 3 places they lived if applicable, and 2 personal references of at least 1 being a non family member. I've also noticed that running an ad in the paper instead of placing a "For Rent" sign in the yard is helpful also. It takes a little extra effort for someone to look through the newspaper to find a place for rent than just driving by a house with a sign in the yard.
LearnedMyLessons OnRenters

Dyersburg, TN

#8 Feb 8, 2013
Business Man, yes, I agree on your additional guidance. What amazes me is how irate renters can be when they don't pay their rent and steps are taken to have them removed. After I nicely and repeatedly came to collect the rent and they did not pay it, they began abusing the house. It was unreal what they did to harm the property. Then when they were taken to court and a judgment was given they didn't live up to making the payments on the judgment. It seems there were others in line to get money for back payments. What is the next course? I think wages were already being garnished. Should I take them back to court? I think the cost is another hundred or more. Of course they have money to get their hair done, nails done, tattoos, entertainment, nice clothes,etc.
Disgusted2

Dyersburg, TN

#9 Feb 8, 2013
The one who gave the last post a "Nuts" an "X' and a "Frownie" may be one of those people who have demolished someone else's property. I hope not. Try paying for insurance, taxes and maintenance and then have someone not pay the rent and demolish your house. Then pay to take them to court and have the skip off on their judgment and not pay for damages. Then see how you feel. I am not the government. I can't afford to give free housing and I suppose neither can LearnedMyLessonsOnRenters.
Imani

Henderson, TN

#10 Feb 8, 2013
LearnedMyLessonsOnRenters wrote:
Business Man, yes, I agree on your additional guidance. What amazes me is how irate renters can be when they don't pay their rent and steps are taken to have them removed. After I nicely and repeatedly came to collect the rent and they did not pay it, they began abusing the house. It was unreal what they did to harm the property. Then when they were taken to court and a judgment was given they didn't live up to making the payments on the judgment. It seems there were others in line to get money for back payments. What is the next course? I think wages were already being garnished. Should I take them back to court? I think the cost is another hundred or more. Of course they have money to get their hair done, nails done, tattoos, entertainment, nice clothes,etc.
Look, what you need to understand is that housing is a human right. Businesses and employers are more exploitative than ever and looking to squeeze every ounce of equity out of their property, slave wage labor. Everyone needs a place to live and maybe if you came to realize this, you would keep your own greedy hands off other people's property and focus on your own life and stop harassing people for trying to live theirs.
LearnedMyLessons onRenters

Dyersburg, TN

#11 Feb 8, 2013
Imani: Some folks may fit your description of greed and exploitation but I certainly do not. I am a hard working person who has worked for decades. I am cetainly not wealthy. It is not harrassment to expect renters to pay their rent. I've worked with them for months to try to help them to catch up on their rent. When they get behind for months and months I cannot ontinue to let them live there. I would fit the "slave labor" description as you mentioned if I am forced to work to support them to live in my house. I depend on their payment for taxes, insurance and maintenance. Very very little profit at all. In fact I have lost mooney over the years. I have a right to expect to be paid the rent that is due to me. If they can't afford a private home, they need to apply for government housing. They might not qualify because their income may be too high. However, when I see them getting tattoos, getting their nails done, buying automobiles, going out to eat, buying new cloths, I think they could at least begin to catch up payment on their rent.It is a matter of priorites an integrity. I do without much I see the renters buying. I have no idea how you can think anything I did was harrassment. Expecting what is due me is not harrassment.
Business Man

Sioux City, IA

#13 Feb 8, 2013
LearnedMyLessonsOnRenters wrote:
Business Man, yes, I agree on your additional guidance. What amazes me is how irate renters can be when they don't pay their rent and steps are taken to have them removed. After I nicely and repeatedly came to collect the rent and they did not pay it, they began abusing the house. It was unreal what they did to harm the property. Then when they were taken to court and a judgment was given they didn't live up to making the payments on the judgment. It seems there were others in line to get money for back payments. What is the next course? I think wages were already being garnished. Should I take them back to court? I think the cost is another hundred or more. Of course they have money to get their hair done, nails done, tattoos, entertainment, nice clothes,etc.
I honestly have never had to carry anyone to court for abusing the property. I haven't had to evict anyone either. I have been a landlord for 5 years and have been blessed with good tennants. I don't know if it's the extensive backbround checks I do or possibly the fact that I am extremely quick to address any problems that may arise with the property such as repairs. I beleive in good communication meaning letting them know when repairs are going to be done in advance and I never stop by without calling first. Some may think that this isn't a good idea because you can never catch someone doing something against your rental policies. I basically treat people the way I would want to be treated as a tennant and don't rent a house out that I wouldn't personally live in. Don't get me wrong I have had some tennants get a little behind on making the rent payment but by being understanding and willing to listen it has provided good results.
anon

Ripley, TN

#14 Feb 8, 2013
Housing is not a "human right". You have certain rights under state and some federal laws (no discrimination, certain health factors, maintenance, etc.) but housing is NOT a "human right". Maybe you meant something else but the way the person said it it came across as if a person is guaranteed a place to live.

There are lots of places that overcharge (especially for some of the crap I've seen) and I've seen some landlords rent to a whole household of Mexicans (over a dozen). As long as they got the rent the landlord didn't care.

With all of the meth busts going on it tells me that most of the landlords probably didn't care either- as long as they get the rent they don't care. So in a way many of the landlords are seeing Karma at work...
LearnedMyLessons OnRenters

Dyersburg, TN

#15 Feb 8, 2013
Business Man wrote:
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I honestly have never had to carry anyone to court for abusing the property. I haven't had to evict anyone either. I have been a landlord for 5 years and have been blessed with good tennants. I don't know if it's the extensive backbround checks I do or possibly the fact that I am extremely quick to address any problems that may arise with the property such as repairs. I beleive in good communication meaning letting them know when repairs are going to be done in advance and I never stop by without calling first. Some may think that this isn't a good idea because you can never catch someone doing something against your rental policies. I basically treat people the way I would want to be treated as a tennant and don't rent a house out that I wouldn't personally live in. Don't get me wrong I have had some tennants get a little behind on making the rent payment but by being understanding and willing to listen it has provided good results.
I try to treat others as I would want to be treated and I would not rent a house I would not live in, too. The house is not in a bad area. The renters only abused the property when I told them they had to move after getting behind on the rent. I kept all repairs done in a timely manner. Some people are not going to do the right thing no matter how much a person tries to help them do the right thing. Yes,they did not have a "human right" to live in my rental house free of charge.
guest12

Sioux City, IA

#16 Feb 9, 2013
Imani wrote:
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Look, what you need to understand is that housing is a human right. Businesses and employers are more exploitative than ever and looking to squeeze every ounce of equity out of their property, slave wage labor. Everyone needs a place to live and maybe if you came to realize this, you would keep your own greedy hands off other people's property and focus on your own life and stop harassing people for trying to live theirs.
That attitude is exactly what is wrong with our country today. Housing is NOT a human right. Throughout ALL of history and in every nation, people have had to work and PAY for their housing in some form or another. You have a 'gimme" attitude. You think the world owes you a living. Tell me this, Do you think it is the responsibility of the land lord to work and save his money to buy a rental property and then provide it to you at his cost? Do you think that he should let you live there whenever you get behind 2 or 3 months and not try to collect his rent? Do the hard workring, tax paying Americans "owe" you a place to live? Property cost SOMEONE a lot of money. Do you like throwing your money out the window? People like you make me sick! You are absolutely worthless and a drain on society! You are a scum sucking leech!
landlord

Sioux City, IA

#17 Feb 9, 2013
conquerourfoes wrote:
It’s alarming to see the number of meth busts that are taking place in rental homes. What is more concerning is the number of landlords that rent out their properties to individuals without ever conducting a background check/credit report. By conducting these two simple inquiries, we can start taking back our neighborhoods and stop this vicious meth storm from devastating our communities and families. Instead, certain landlords know that dealing with these sick individuals, landlords see it as an opportunity to take cash “under the table” and not report on their tax return. Maybe it is time that landlords be held accountable for they type of people they rent their property to and how it affects those that have to live next door that go to work every day, pay their taxes, and try and live the American Dream that is in reality becoming a meth nightmare!
First of all, you cannot say that landlords are taking their money under the table. Most landlords have to use the rent money to pay for property, taxes, insurance, repairs, etc. Secondly, landlords do not want meth labs in their property. Who do you think has to pay for the clean up? Also, don't assume that a landlord doesn't have a job. I have a full-time job plus take care of my property. It's called working 7 days a week! And I pay a lot of taxes! You need to get your facts straight.
BadRenterAlert

Dyersburg, TN

#18 Feb 9, 2013
Always go to the courthouse and do a background check and check at least the present and former employers and landlords.
Anonymous

Chandigarh, India

#19 Dec 29, 2013
Tenant screening is an essential procedure and must be employed by the landlord before renting his/her apartment. I have hired Lone Star Realty to carry out this task for me.
Andy

Sacramento, CA

#20 Jan 8, 2014
Advise get the heck out of Tennessee caz the druggies are NOT leaving !

Since: Dec 16

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#23 Wednesday Jan 4
I agree, landlords should be more responsible when they let pretty to strangers. Actually, a lot of private owners ignore the necessity of running credit reports as well. If you search for article on the topic “how to rent an apartment with bad credit”, you’ll see that a lot of authors recommend to find a landlord, who doesn’t run credit checks. And that get me upset. Really, landlords, think not only about yourself, think about neighbors who will be forced to live with your tenants. Remember that assessing a prospective tenant without investigating the applicant’s history or background can be a recipe for disaster.
X Renter

Dyersburg, TN

#24 Wednesday Jan 4
I guess it's okay for David Barker to rent houses with mold. Yeah poor landlords my anus. Landlords want the rent money but never wants to fix anything. And if they do it's only to rig it. Y'll think renters don't want to pay and truth is maybe they have trouble being able to maintain bills because of the different type jobs. Or maybe one is sick and only one income is all they have to go on. You really have no idea why some can't pay. The first thing they do is throw a person out and throw people's belongings away. Landlords make me sick how they expect rent but don't fix these rentals up. And no they wouldn't live in them run down rentals at all. Almost every rental home has got mold in them which can be deadly to those who have lung disease and of course if they are a sick person it's obvious that they are not rich. People try to do the right thing and most of you force them to be different. I know we have tried and tried to keep are end but every time you turn around things come up or happen. That don't make us bad people or bad renters. After all its no jobs around here to pay high rent. And not nobody wants to live in Milltown and that's the only rentals you can find to fit your income around here. Unless ur a doctor or lawyer ur pretty much nothing in this corrupt town.

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