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FAQs: Do Background Checks Show Spouses?

Updated December 2021 Background checks are often confusing for tenants, and even landlords can find it difficult to understand exactly what is and is not included in this check. Specifically, a very common question we hear at RentPrep is: should landlords do a background check on a prospective tenant’s spouse? Sometimes, you’ll receive a rental…Read More

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How To Reply To Rental Requests (Landlord Guide By RentPrep)

Updated December 2021 Many landlords think a lot about on-the-ground lead generation and how to ensure that more potential tenants see their apartment listings. Once those individuals start sending in rental reply requests, however, not all landlords know how to take appropriate action so they can lease out their property quickly. The way you funnel…Read More

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Rent To Income Ratio: A Simple Calculator For Landlords

Updated November 2021 When talking to experienced landlords, you might hear them mention using a rent income ratio calculator as part of their tenant screening process. This tool makes it easy to ensure that in addition to being a reliable tenant, the individual also makes enough to afford the cost of rent each month. No…Read More

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Landlord Guide: How To Verify Social Security Income Of A Potential Tenant

Updated August 2021 To be a successful landlord and property manager, you need to be filling your properties with the tenants that fit best. Often, this means ensuring that the tenants can afford to rent your unit. Though you may not have done this before, you may need to verify the Social Security income of…Read More

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Landlord FAQs: How Long Does A Credit Check Take?

Updated June 2021 When you’re ready to get moving on your tenant screening process, you might be left wondering how long does a credit check take? Planning for how long it will take to screen applicants thoroughly is an integral part of the process. If you don’t give yourself enough time to screen tenants, you…Read More

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FCRA Compliant Background Check: What Landlords Must Know

Updated June 2021 Getting the most complete tenant screening report possible on a rental applicant is a major priority for landlords, but they must make sure they are following FCRA tenant screening rules. If they cross the line on how they screen potential tenants, landlords could be faced with a number of significant issues. Whether…Read More

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What Is Rental Verification (And Does Rental History Matter?)

Updated May 2021 When meeting a new prospective tenant, getting to know their rental history is a great way to find out if they’re going to be a good fit for your own property. But what exactly is rental verification, and how can it help you to connect a tenant to their rental history? Real…Read More

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Landlord Alert: Tricks Desperate Rental Applicants Use

Updated May 2021 As a landlord, you’re always on the lookout for the best tenant out of your pool of rental applicants. When you haven’t been a landlord for long, it’s important to be aware of some common tricks that desperate rental applicants try to pull on naïve landlords. These scams are designed to put…Read More

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Easy Landlord Guide: How To Get A Tenant Out ASAP

Updated April 2021 Sometimes, tenants just don’t work out. From causing frequent problems to finding loopholes right and left, there are many ways this can happen. In addition to the loss of income, a bad tenant can add serious stress to your life. Learning the best way to get rid of bad tenants can be…Read More

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Landlord Guide: What Is A Good Credit Score For Tenants?

Updated February 2021 Credit scores are one of the primary factors used by many landlords to screen renters, but what is a good credit score for tenants? Understanding how credit scores can be used to screen tenants is important for landlords when reviewing rental applications. Choosing reliable tenants is an important foundation for your business;…Read More