Written by David Lowrey, Owner of Stress Free Property Management
As an Apollo Beach Property Management company, we see dozens of rental applications every month and have processed thousands in our career. I’m always looking for patterns to help me weed out applications and choose the best possible tenant.
As I always tell potential clients, as an Apollo Beach property manager, we know that the bad, nightmare tenants don’t suddenly wake up one day and become those people. They’ve been behaving irresponsibly in every aspect of their lives for a very long time. Doing proper background checks and carefully interpreting what you see is extremely important.
As part of my rental criteria, I require at least 2 years of rental history. What I often find is people submitting rental verification information stating their parents or extended family are their landlords.
This is not a good landlord reference. I know one can easily argue that...the person is renting from these family members. This is true. The problem is do you really think the landlord will give you an honest assessment of how good their family member behaved as a tenant? No, not a chance.