The Top 6 Things to Look for in Screening A Phoenix Rental Applicant

Whether you think of screening as a tool to protect yourself and your Phoenix investment or as a dreaded part of being a property manager, it is absolutely critical for your success and safety.
Here are the top 6 items you need to screen for:
1. Income should equal 3x the monthly rent amount
2. Credit is clear or utility collections & charge offs
3. Positive references from previous third party landlords such as property management companies & apartment complexes
4. Verifiable employment & time on job
5. Criminal history must be screened
6. Screen for previous evictions
Even as a DIY landlord, it is important to establish clear rules for who you will and will not accept and stick to them. Tenants with a rough past often avoid renting from property management companies because of the stricter guidelines for qualification, however, if you are going to be completely fair (and lawful) in your requirements and avoid complaints, you must treat everyone equally by asking the same questions and not bending the rules for one person and not others. Phoenix investment property owners need to remember: it’s not personal, it’s business.
The next time you screen a tenant and are wondering about the screening process, remember that you are allowed to reject tenants with: bad credit history, insufficient income to meet the rent demands, previous damage to other units, consistent late rent payments,  poor job history. You cannot, however, reject an application for discriminatory reasons including: race, religion, nationality, gender, age, disability status, and/or familial status. Acting as a businessman instead of an emotional one will leave you with a better reputation as a Phoenix investment property owner.
The key to successful property management is consistency. Consistency in who you rent to, what questions you ask, and the screening process you put each tenant through will allow you to avoid possible lawsuits and Fair Housing Act laws.
RPMWV Phx offers full service Phoenix Real Estate & Phoenix Property Management services.  For additional information you can contact us at info@rpmwvphx.com or 602-281-2884

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The New Look of Tenant Screening for your Phoenix Rental Property


According to Real Property Management West Valley Phoenix, tenant screening for Phoenix is about to take on a whole new look. Whether you think of screening as a tool to protect yourself and your investment or as a dreaded part of being a property manager, it is absolutely critical for your success and safety.

Since background checks are performed for protection, there are several key factors your screening should include:
      Income (after taxes) is 3X the monthly rent
      Credit is clear of collections and evictions
      Positive references from past landlords
      Verifiable employment history
      Criminal history is checked

Even as a Do-it-yourself landlord, it is important to establish clear rules for who you will and will not accept and stick to them. Tenants with a rough past often avoid renting from property management companies because of the stricter guidelines for qualification, however, if you are going to be completely fair (and lawful) in your requirements and avoid complaints, you must treat everyone equally by asking the same questions and not bending the rules for one person and not others. Phoenix investment property owners need to remember: it’s not personal, it’s business.

The next time you screen a tenant and are wondering about the screening process, remember that you are allowed to reject tenants with: bad credit history, insufficient income to meet the rent demands, previous damage to other units, consistent late rent payments,  poor job history. You cannot, however, reject an application for discriminatory reasons including: race, religion, nationality, gender, age, disability status, and/or familial status. Acting as a businessman instead of an emotional one will leave you with a better reputation as a Phoenix investment property owner.

The key to successful property management is consistency. Consistency in who you rent to, what questions you ask, and the screening process you put each tenant through will allow you to avoid possible lawsuits and Fair Housing Act laws.

RPMWV Phx offers full service Phoenix property management.  For additional information please contact us at 602-218-2884 or visit rpmwvphx.com
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Check out our New Podcast

Check out our new podcast. Our monthly podcast will have information about how to successfully manage rental properties.  The pod will cite actual real life examples of situations that landlords will encounter as well as solutions.

On our introductory show, will look in detail at how to screen your tenant for your Phoenix rental home.  We uncover a common oversight regarding tenant credit analysis and address possible security deposit options.  


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Attracting & Retaining The Right Tenant in Phoenix

Getting and keeping a good tenant is the lifeblood of your Arizona Rental Property.  Taking the right steps to getting a solid tenant is even more important in Phoenix due to a high transient rental pool.

The first step to rental success is to list your vacant rental property for the right price.  You need to be realistic with your expectations.  How do you determine the right price for your Phoenix Rental Property?

There are several ways to determine market rent.  The best way is to talk with people who are familiar with the rent market where your Phoenix properties are located.  At RPM West Valley Phoenix, we have vast experience and will give you a straight answer to what rent you can expect for your Phoenix Rental Property.

The next thing to do is to prepare your vacant property for your prospective renters.  It is important that this preparation is done the right way.  If you do a poor job and use cheap materials and lame workers, the house will not show well.  If you prepare your house well, you will increase the odds of getting the ideal tenant and your rental property will have a greater change of holding up throughout the tenancy.

Once you have rented your property there are some simple steps you can take to retain the tenants.  At RPM West Valley Phoenix, we have observed several easy actions you can take to help keep a good tenant in place.

The first thing you can do to keep your tenants happy is to respond quickly to all legitimate maintenance items.  Replacing a hot water heater quickly and restoring A/C service to your tenants during a hot Phoenix summer are two things you can do that your tenants notice.
When it comes time for the tenant to renew their lease, you need to pay careful attention to whether to increase your rent or not.  Many times owner’s who insist on a rent increase end up with a vacant property!

At RPM West Valley Phoenix, we can help you with tenant attraction and retention.  Our staff has vast experience and can help you achieve your rental property objectives.

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