5 Reasons to Verify a Tenant’s Income and Employment

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on March 5, 2010 under Landlord and Tenant FAQs, Tenant Screening & Background Checks | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

background-check-on-volunteer-screening-blogVerifying a tenant’s employment history and income is a vital step to approving his or her application. The unfortunate economic situation makes it even more important; while many good people have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, your tenants still need to pass your litmus tests, including meeting minimum income requirements.

Here are five reasons to verify employment and income on potential tenants:

1. Because landlords and property managers must know that each tenant who signs a lease agreement can live up to its terms—including paying the security deposit and upfront fees, plus the rent in full each month. Whether the tenant will pay on time each month is certainly not guaranteed—but you need to know whether they even have the capability before you sign a lease.

2. Because even if the tenant has the upfront fees ready to hand over, you’ll want to know if their employment history is solid. Holding a job is no guarantee that a tenant will pay rent on time, but it helps!

3. Because verifying the source of a tenant’s income is a great way to prevent those engaging in illegal activities from becoming your problem. In other words, if a tenant has plenty of cash but no job, be suspicious. Same for obvious high spending with a low income. It is not discriminatory to ask a tenant to prove how much money they make. Remember: pay stubs are your friends.

4. Because tenants sometimes go to great lengths to pull a fast one on a landlord. Just because they say they’re working for Jones Construction Company doesn’t mean they do. Ask for proof. Call the supervisor—and make sure that when you do, you’re actually speaking to the supervisor, not a friend pretending to be one.

5. Because knowing that your new tenant is stable and can afford the rent is one less worry for you. And landlords and property managers need to reduce worries as much as possible!

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