Vacancy Advertising & Tenant Screening
Want higher ROI on your rentals? Fill your vacant rental unit with the best possible renters, ASAP.
Have a vacant rental unit on your hands?
Vacancies are expensive, and they’re time-consuming to fill. Lucky you! But unless you want to be right back in this position in six months, an eviction later, get it right the first time.
Advertise on multiple rental listing websites. Give every person who expresses interest a rental application (ours is free, emailable and e-signable – hint hint).
Then run tenant screening reports on all applicants. Get a full credit report, nationwide criminal background check, and nationwide eviction report. Have the applicant pay the fee for these (our screening reports can be charged directly to the applicant).
Then it’s calls, calls calls. Supervisors. HR departments. Personal references. Current landlords. Prior landlords. If that sounds like a lot of work, it’s nothing compared to unpaid rent, serving eviction notices, filing in rent court, appearing in front of a judge, meeting the sheriff at the property, and then spending thousands of dollars to get the property back in rental shape.
Here are a few fundamental articles to get you started, and from there, you can explore our other articles in the Advertising & Tenant Screening category to make sure you get the perfect long-term tenant, every vacancy!
“Required Reading” – Start Here First!
Still hungry after eating those up? Well, we won’t let you down. There’s plenty of rental advertising and resident screening articles to sink your teeth into!
Full Library of Advertising & Tenant Screening Articles:
Should Landlords Require Credit References with All Rental Applications?
On the hunt for new tenants? Few landlords would call the tenant screening process fun—but that doesn’t mean you should skip any part of it. That includes asking for credit references from your applicants. If you’re already running a credit report for applicants, then...
Should You Rent to Section 8 Tenants? Pros & Cons of Section 8 for Landlords (Infographic)
Heard tales of guaranteed rent payments for landlords who rent to Section 8 tenants? Deposited by the government, and paying higher-than-market rents? If these stories perked up your ears, you’re not alone. Section 8 landlords can collect rents reliably, with fewer...
Underworld: How to Spot Professional Tenants Before They Bite
Professional tenants are vampires. They suck the lifeblood of both your property and the neighborhood, moving in with no intention to pay, and living rent-free for up to two years. If you think I’m being melodramatic, imagine paying the mortgage on your property for...
Emotional Support Animals & The Fair Housing Act – What Landlords Need to Know
Pets cause more wear and tear on your property. They can be loud, messy, and add friction with the neighbors. As a landlord you have the right to allow or prohibit pets in your rental units. Normally, it constitutes a business decision: do the pros of accepting pets...
Buying a Property with Tenants: Pros, Cons, and Rules for Landlords
It doesn’t get any more “turnkey” than buying a property with tenants already renting it. But that doesn’t mean that buying a property with tenants doesn’t come with its own risks. The tenants and former landlord had their own way of doing things that may differ from...
Virtual Tours: Landlords’ Guide to Showing Vacant Units During Coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives. As we all try to keep up with all the ways the coronavirus is impacting real estate investors, many landlords are scrambling to figure out how to fill vacancies during the pandemic. Landlords and...