While it might not be fun to say no to a potential tenant, it may be necessary. As a Property Manager we know that no landlord wants to deal with late payments or destructive tenants. In an effort to prevent future issues you should carefully screen each potential tenant. This is a simple process that you can do yourself, or it you opt to hire a professional Phoenix Property Manager they can help with this process. A simple background check including criminal history is always a good place to start. It is important to know what the laws are in your state regarding your rights as a landlord. The next step should be income verification and employment history. It is important to look for stable employment and check references. Don’t just look to see if references are included on the application, take the time to call them and confirm the numbers are valid. A final check of previous rental history is extremely important. You can also improve your chances of getting a good tenant by always checking to see how many rent payments were late or missed. With this application you should ask about damages and unauthorized occupants. As a landlord, you want to be sure than anyone you rent to is going to be easy to deal with, pays there rent on time and take good care of your investment. By properly screening your renters you may have just won half the battle!