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Review: TransUnion SmartMove Report

SmartMove Review: An Industry Expert’s Analysis

SmartMove is one of TransUnion’s tenant screening products. And, as you may know, TransUnion is one of three major credit bureaus along with Experian and Equifax. In this SmartMove review, we will discuss the pros and the cons of their tenant screening product. Before we begin, let’s briefly examine how the product has evolved. What…Read More

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Landlord Guide: How To Read A SmartMove Report [2024]

Updated April 2024 Congratulations! You’ve embarked on the crucial journey of tenant screening, a vital step in ensuring the right fit for your rental property. As a diligent landlord, you’ve already run a background check, and now you have your results in hand. But here’s the question: What does it all mean? In this comprehensive…Read More

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A Landlord’s Guide To Rental Application Fees (50 States)

Updated July 2023 Are you a landlord looking to charge and manage rental application fees? Navigating the legalities can be tricky, but fear not! We’re here to simplify it for you. Rental application fees serve to cover administrative costs like credit checks and checking references, and most states allow landlords to charge them. However, each…Read More

Tenant Pre-Screening Questions

20 Tenant Pre-Screening Questions To Ask

When finding the right tenant, you can save a lot of time by knowing what questions to ask potential tenants. Marketing a vacant rental property means getting emails and phone calls from interested prospective tenants with questions. Save time by asking tenants pre-screening questions before passing over a rental application or scheduling a rental showing….Read More

Illegal Rental Application Questions

12 Illegal Questions To Ask Rental Applicants

As a landlord, you want to find the perfect tenant, but also want to make sure not to ask illegal rental application questions. With that, that means carefully screening applicants and getting to know them as best you can. But, there are questions that landlords cannot ask an interested renter. Part of the process of…Read More

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How To Run Credit Check On Tenant

Updated September 2022 If there’s one piece of advice that landlords need to remember above all other advice, this is what we would say: Always take enough time to properly review rental applications before you offer to rent your properties to any tenants! No matter how great a tenant might seem when you first meet…Read More

How to Calculate NOI

How To Calculate NOI: Landlord Guide By RentPrep

Whether you’re expanding your rental business or deciding which properties should be your focus moving forward, knowing how to calculate the income-producing value of your properties is essential. Landlords often use NOI calculations to help with these complex decisions. Are you familiar with NOI and the value of a good NOI calculator? NOI, also known…Read More

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All About Common Tenant Scams Targeting Landlords

Most people think of shady landlord tactics whenever they hear the phrase “rental scams.” However, there are many different tenant scams that individuals try to use on landlords in order to live in a property for free, steal money, or otherwise take advantage of a landlord’s business. What do you know about rental scams targeting…Read More

Airbnb Screening: All About Short-Term Renting And Guests

Airbnb Screening: All About Short-Term Renting And Guests

When property owners first get started on short-term leasing sites like Airbnb, they often don’t think about reviewing guests before accepting them. They may not realize that Airbnb guest screening is something many property owners do before approving a reservation, and that this is an essential part of the process to keep your property in…Read More

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11 Tenant Background Check Service Reviews [Ultimate List for 2024]

Updated May 2022 Choosing a tenant background check service is not an easy task. Different screening options offer different levels of service, and the differences between the options that exist are not always obvious. But don’t worry; RentPrep has you covered with our tenant background check services reviews. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the…Read More