Resident Screening


Three Screening Tips to Avoid an Eviction

by Megan Booe

Posted on 2019-10-15 20:17:01

One of the best ways to avoid an eviction later on in a lease agreement is to ensure you are thoroughly screening tenants before signing a lease. If a tenant gives off red flags during the screening process, they are likely not an ideal candidate for the unit. There are three things that are important to look for when screening a tenant that is applying to live in your unit before approving their application: their character, their rental history, and their financial qualifications. As a landlord you should require references on an application in order to get a better understanding of who a tenant is. Rental history refers to where your tenant previously lived and often includes previous addresses, landlord contact information, length of te


Staging a Rental Property

by Siobhan Cerney

Posted on 2019-10-07 10:17:01

The whole point of staging a property is to get people to imagine themselves living in the residence and be inclined to move in. If you want to inspire these prospective tenants to say “yes”, staging can’t hurt. If you’re in an area that has not had trouble getting good tenants to rent, then staging may not even be necessary. Renting is usually seen as an option just to live somewhere and not have the commitment of something permanent.


Do-It-Yourself Landlords

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-10-04 09:17:01

If you are thinking to become a DIY Landlord, you need to have the necessary tool and system to support you because this is not an easy task.

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Reducing Vacancies

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-08-23 20:17:01

Reducing the possibilities of vacancies.

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Establishing Rental Standards

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-08-17 20:17:01

Every landlord may have slightly different qualifying standards, and that is fine, as long as the standards do not violate any laws. Here are some examples you can consider.

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Marketing your Rental Property

by Cierylene Piernes

Posted on 2019-08-06 20:17:01

Marketing your properties is all about exposure, the more exposure you get, the more applications you will receive and more application you receive, the more strict you can be when screening applicants, and it will allow you to get a higher quality tenant.

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Common Potential Problems Landlord Might Face

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-07-22 20:17:01

Investing in a rental property is a great move but it deals with responsibilities and might face some potential problems.

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Documenting Wear and Tear vs Damage

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-07-14 20:17:02

Knowing and documenting wear and tear against damages will let landlords know who is going to be responsible for damages that has been done to a property.

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Considerations When Running a Virtual Property Management Business

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-07-11 20:17:01

Renting a physical office can cost a lot of money due to it's operating cost. And having a virtual property management office can eliminate most of the physical office expenses can possibly spend. Here are some things that you can save when you have virtual property management.

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Reasons Why Landlords Screen Tenant Applicants

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-07-06 16:54:22

Here we will share some reason why landlords screen potential tenants and the steps most landlords normally do.

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Your Roommate Is Moving Out

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-07-01 05:40:42

It could be a complicated situation to some when your roommate suddenly decides to leave; this might leave you to sort out the mess alone and can throw your finances out of control. Here are some pieces of advice and things to consider helping you move to the next step.

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Things to Remember When Renting to Elderly Tenants

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-06-18 12:04:05

Renting to elderly tenants can be a good decision. They are mature and more responsible when it comes to paying their rent.

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The Advantage of Cloud-based Property Management Software

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-05-09 08:37:23

When your data is stored in the cloud, it will be stored in a big secured server. And data is accessible as long as there is an internet connection. Cloud system is so broad and provides so many services. And it offers a lot of advantage to users.


Everything online, and heres why

by Kyra Rollins

Posted on 2018-01-04 10:34:28

Smart Housing offers everything online Online rent payments, online resident application, online background and credit checks, free property rental websites


Characteristics of a long-term renter

by Kyra Rollins

Posted on 2017-10-03 08:35:20

I have gathered a small amount of information to help you recognize that valuable long-term tenant. Landlords, feast your eyes on this brief explanation of a tenant that stays long-term!

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Smart Housing's Online Screening

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-09-27 09:20:50

Curious to see what Smart Housing has to offer in terms of background checks and screenings for tenants? Read on!

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Illegal Roommates

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-09-07 10:11:55

We’re talking about roommates we bring in to share rent, unbeknownst to the property owner.



by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-07-10 12:58:17

There are a lot of factors that property managers have to take into account when accepting new residents.

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Applicant without a Credit Score

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-06-26 12:56:45

Some people don’t have a credit score because they’ve never used credit. Others are young and just getting started with their credit score. What do you do?


The Secret Ingredient

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-06-08 11:53:28

What is the secret ingredient to great property management? The answer to this question would be largely beneficial.


First Come Applications, Then Come Screenings

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-05-22 12:58:09

Applications allow you to obtain information about potential residents to determine if they will be a good fit for your property. A background check and screening verifies the truth of this information and calculates it for you.


Why Online?

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-04-17 11:18:47

Using online property management software is much better than any software you could download and I’m going to let you know why.

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by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-03-30 09:30:31

Wouldn’t it be great if landlords could just look into a magic crystal ball to help them know which prospective tenant they should choose to be their new resident?


The Flow of Property Management

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-02-21 13:13:55

When you think about it, property management has a nice flow to it...


Intro to the Smart Housing Suite

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-12-07 09:38:46

The Smart Housing Platform contains multiple products targeted to help make the lives of property managers easier.


Lessons from 'Fresh off the Boat'

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-11-15 09:30:45

Jessica decides renting is a lucrative way to earn more income. As the episode continues, the mistakes she makes as a landlord continue to grow.

The Lies They May Tell

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-10-31 14:30:08

Law is about the discovery of the rules of just conduct and are created to preserve freedom and moral agency. The process of screening applicants and the points on a standard rent agreement are no different.


More Than a Credit Score

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-10-10 12:48:30

The Smart Score may seem like a simple number, but there is more to it than meets the eye. It is a combination of different metrics that are useful in finding a good resident.


Finding a Good Resident

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-10-06 08:31:25

Contacting References

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-09-13 08:42:08

When the applications are rolling in and you see the results of the background checks, that doesn’t mean your job is done. Keep going.

Smart Housing Updates and Changes

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-07-18 08:23:02

Better late than never, we’re here to tell you the Smart Housing year-end review for 2015. There was a lot of growth and a few additions made to the family.

Playing the Detective

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-05-31 08:57:29

A bad tenant just moved out and you want to make sure you don’t get another one like them ever again. This time you’ve decided to go all out and interview applicants along with ordering a background check on them. How in the world do you interview potential residents?

The 5 W's of Rental Applications

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-05-09 13:07:13

Rental applications are the opening tool to weed out the residents you don't want from the residents you do want.

Landlord Interviews - Mike

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-05-05 09:10:33

This article is the beginning of a series of interviews with landlords that shares their advice and experiences for other landlords to learn from.

Consider Renting to Retirees

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-03-31 10:05:59

If you are tired of working with younger renters who seem to want to move every three months or you are trying to revamp your marketing strategy, you may want to consider renting to retirees

6 Steps to Find the Right Property Management Software

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:11:31

Each option for property management software has its pros and cons. Follow these simple steps of six things you need to consider when looking to use property management software.

Smart Screening Packages

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:09:35

When you want to run a screening on your applicants, it's rarely 'one size fits all.' Whether you want extensive knowledge or only need to know the basics, Smart Housing's Screening product allows you to choose what you want.

Introducing Smart Screening

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:09:29

It is important to run a screening on any applicant you are considering renting your property to. Smart Housing Screening option covers many important factors, like open credit lines and public records, that you will want to know about.

Smart Housing's Rental Criteria Recommendations

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:08:57

It's important to establish rental criteria guidelines before you rent out your property to others. Maximum occupancy, credit history, employment requirements, among other criteria are all important aspects to consider as you make these decisions.

Tips for Applicant Screening

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:08:49

Running a screening and background check on potential residents is important when deciding who to rent your property to. Knowing the answers to questions like 'Does the resident pay on time?' can help you choose more reliable residents.

How to Find the Best Property Management Software

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:08:07

Do your research in order to find property management software that is suitable for your individual needs. It's important to know the reliability, quality, product review, price, and options available before selecting property management software that will save you time and help you manage your property more effectively.

Smart Housing - Property Management Platform

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-04 14:12:06

Online property management software is the most effective software that can be used by a landlord with several leasing properties. Software offers a wide array of benefits to its users. This will make the transaction for property management easy to access and handle. When you have the best online property management software you can assure that it offers 100% accuracy, ease of use, accessibility from any location, and real-time information that you need as long as there is an internet connection.