Landlords: Don’t Let Your Property Become a House of Horror
During the beginning of 2013, there was an investigation, put into effect by KCTV 5 in Kansas City, about a couple that had been renting properties around the city and leaving deplorable conditions and costly damages in their wake. Read the entire article here: KCTV Investigates Houses of Horror
Property owners and landlords alike take a risk when renting their properties to people they know little about. In the KCTV investigation, the property owner knew little about the tenants’ history, except that “they had three kids and a lot of dogs”. In other words, by not doing a proper tenant screening, another property owner found $30,000 in damages caused by the family who essentially “turned her rental property into a “dog kennel”.
Kansas City police officer Don Smarker suggests, “First and foremost, pay a professional company to do a tenant background check, collect all money before handing over any keys and make sure that the lease is up to date and legal for your state.”
Ultimately, Justifacts suggests taking further action by performing a tenant background check along with a rental credit check. Misinformed rental decisions can be very costly. An accurate rental credit check combined with a criminal background check enables landlords to make an informed rental decision. This will reduce the risk of allowing a rental property to become a house of horrors.
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