Screening to Get the Best Tenant in Your Golden Colorado Rental Property

At Laurel Property Services, we have not evicted a tenant in over six years. That’s because we work hard to place highly qualified, cooperative residents in the homes we manage. Many of the tenants we work with were referred to us from other tenants. This demonstrates our commitment to finding, placing, and retaining the best renters out there.

Without a thorough screening process, you run the risk of late or missing rental payments, excessive property damage, and lease violations. We know there’s a lot involved in placing tenants, and if you don’t think you have the time or the resources to adequately and effectively screen tenants, turn the process over to a professional Golden property management company. We have the knowledge and the experience to ensure only well-qualified tenants are moving into your property.

Screening in Compliance with Fair Housing Laws

Before you start screening tenants, get to know the federal Fair Housing Act as well as any state and local fair housing rules in Jefferson County. You’re prohibited from discriminating against applicants based on race, color, national origin, sex, familial status, religion, or disability. You probably wouldn’t discriminate intentionally, but the way you handle each application could lead you to discriminate without even realizing it. That can lead you to an expensive fair housing claim and a potential lawsuit. Screen every applicant consistently.

We recommend that you establish standard rental criteria, including your credit standards, income standards, and whether you’ll be willing to rent to a person with an eviction or a criminal history. When you can provide these criteria in writing to your potential tenants before they even apply, you can demonstrate exactly what you’re using to make your decisions.

Golden Colorado Property Management Background Checks

It’s important to check for criminal history. Don’t just check in with your local police department; conduct a national search for any history of violent crimes. You’ll have to decide what you will accept and what you will not. Many landlords are fine with minor offenses from decades ago.

Look for past evictions as well. You may not want to rent to tenants who have been evicted in the recent past or evicted at all. You can set these standards as long as you’re consistent. Maybe someone who was evicted 10 years ago but has done a good job establishing a solid rental history since then is acceptable but an applicant with four evictions in the last five years is not.

Review Credit, Income, and Financial History

Review Credit, Income, and Financial HistoryChecking a credit report is always a good idea for a couple of reasons. You’ll want to know about your applicant’s financial behaviors, and you’ll also want to make sure that information lines up with what you have on the application. If there are different past addresses on the credit report that aren’t on the application, you may want to explore that. Make sure you’re getting a full picture. When you’re reviewing the credit report, focus on the debt that makes a difference. Student loans and medical bills won’t necessarily impact your decision, but you don’t want to see money owed to former landlords or utility companies.

We screen tenants all the time, and we do a good job with it. When you need some help from a Golden, Arvada, Morrison, Wheatridge, Lakewood property management company, contact us at Laurel Property Services. We’ll be sure to place a high-quality tenant in your rental property.

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Google
4.0/5
Feb 28, 2021
Google Laurel Property Services
We overall had a good experience with Laurel Properties. I would recommend reading your lease carefully (as you should anyways) because for us there was a clause that if we wanted to move out we still had to pay rent until someone else rented it. We weren’t allowed to have a subleaser and had to wait for Laurel to find someone. We agreed to this and did end up moving out sooner than expected but Laurel put the ad up and was able to find someone within two months. The maintenance was always quick to respond and Laurel gave us notices for various issues within the apartment complex as a whole whenever they occurred. The only reason I am giving 4 stars is because of our move in day. We were told we couldn’t get in until about 3pm because maintenance was still in our unit cleaning and fixing things. We drove to the unit and sat there with our moving truck since we had nothing else to do and didn’t see anyone go in or out for about an hour. We even started bringing our things up the stairs to put in the storage area and knocked with no answer. So we went in again to ask for the keys and they said maintenance was still there even though we knew no one was in the unit. Finally we got our keys and the first thing we notice is how disgustingly dirty the place is. Long black hair everywhere, fingernail clippings, food stains all over the kitchen, dirt, dust... just gross. I love to clean so we got over it but then noticed that many things were broken: door handle to the porch was hanging off, toilet seat was nearly falling off, the oven door couldn’t open more than 3 inches, and worst of all, there was a bag full of trash stuffed into the garbage disposal. We put in maintenance requests for all of these things and they were fixed within a couple days but it was really frustrating to have them not allow us to move in until 3pm because “maintenance is fixing things” and walk in to a dirty place with far too many maintenance issues to deal with. Laurel seems like a group of nice people but they need to do better about the move in process and cleaning units.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 25, 2021
Google Laurel Property Services
I have worked with Laurel Property Services for many years as a property owner. They have always given me confidence that they are working hard for me to address whatever needs may arise. From advertising to rental agreements and repair items, the staff works as a great team to make it happen. They care about their clients, have lots of experience which gives me confidence that my property is in good hands.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 25, 2021
Google Laurel Property Services
Always so great to work with and they take great care of our renters.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 23, 2021
Google Laurel Property Services
When we decided to hire a property management company we chose Laurel Property Services because they had such a great reputation in town. We are so happy we did, they have managed our rental property with the highest degree of professionalism and we couldn’t be happier! It is such a relief to know that our property is in great hands, we never have to worry about a thing. Plus, the ladies in the office are so fun to work with, we are so lucky to have them representing our rental!
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5.0/5
Jan 22, 2021
Laurel Property Services
After a year like 2020 along side covid19 wave of events I'm thankful Laurel Property had put things into order when I was having related plumbing issues next to the bar beneath my residence. Happy new year to Laurel Property
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5.0/5
Jan 17, 2021
Laurel Property Services
I really, really appreciated all of Crystal's help! She was absolutely wonderful, incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and acted swiftly on all of my requests. Please pass along this message to her and her direct manager.
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5.0/5
Jan 12, 2021
Laurel Property Services
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5.0/5
Jan 12, 2021
Laurel Property Services
We had a difficult situation with our property which was nobodies fault, but Laurel Properties handled it very well and we’re very accommodating through the whole thing. Sondra was amazing and very helpful
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5.0/5
Jan 12, 2021
Laurel Property Services
Great job responding to a leaky toilet and shower. They were able to fix both timely in a professional manner. Thank you.
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5.0/5
Jan 8, 2021
Laurel Property Services
The whole process was very fluid and everything works flawlessly.

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