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Tenant Screening Tips for DIY Landlords in Phoenix
Anne McCawley
Property Management Education

One of the most important things that Phoenix landlords need to do is to screen tenants thoroughly. When you’re choosing tenants for your rental property, you have to be careful about gathering all the necessary information and verifying everything that you find on the application.


Criminal Background Check

The most important part of the screening process is the nationwide criminal background check. A common mistake landlords will make is to think that prospective Phoenix tenants “look like such nice people.” They probably aren’t nice people, and even if they are, you want to know if you can trust them to take care of your property and pay their rent on time. It’s hard for bad tenants to hide when you’re doing a comprehensive criminal background check. If you don’t have the resources to do your own nationwide background check, use a professional property management company Phoenix landlords recommend.

Landlord and Rental History

We always recommend that rental property owners check two landlord histories. The tenants might have been good for the current landlord, but the one before that might tell you that the place was ripped up. It’s important to put together a complete rental history by talking to at least two landlords.

Income and Employment

Verify income as well. At Bennett Property Management, we will only approve tenants when they earn at least three times the monthly rent. If they don’t earn that much, they won’t qualify for the property. Pull all your data together and make sure the application is complete and signed. Once you and your tenant sign the lease, it’s a done deal and they will be living in your rental property.

These are some of the most fundamental things we do when screening for the best possible tenants. If you have any questions about Phoenix tenant screening or anything pertaining to our services as a Phoenix property management company, please contact us at Bennett Property Management.

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