A reader: Recently, I purchased a four unit apartment complex. I’m going to live in one and rent out the other three. Can you give me some advice on screening tenants? I really don’t want to rent to anyone that will throw loud parties or be late on their rent. How can I be sure to get good solid tenants?
Action Line: Renters often times will only give you names of people who will say nice things about them. So don’t reply only on references.
I can’t offer you legal advice, because I am not an attorney and the Better Business Bureau is not a legal agency. However, I do know if a tenant is intentionally untruthful on their rental application that may be grounds for eviction.
Although we are not attorneys, the BBB does offer free landlord-tenant mediation services by professionally trained mediators that might be useful for you. Here is a great resource from the California Department of Consumer Affairs. This publication offers you a complete look at landlord rights as well as suggestions for pre-rental documents and questions about leases.
“California Tenants: A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities” offers you a complete look at landlord rights as well as suggestions for pre-rental documents and questions about leases.
Contact the BBB office at (559) 256-6300 to learn more about our mediation services.