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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Attentive, courteous and personable! Laurel Property Services has made our most recent move stress free and has ensured our property is in the best of shape for our stay.
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Laurel Property Services is hands down the best management company in Golden and surrounding area! The office staff is the best and very professional and always available to assist with any needs or answers any questions.
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They have manages properties for me for over 20 years. and I found them to be professional, honest and prompt in dealing with any situation
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I’ve worked with Laurel Property for a few years and they are a top-notch, property management company. I would highly recommend them to anyone that has multi-units: they’re just on top of their game, plain and simple. I tried a few other companies in the area and the communication was always lacking. Sondra and Crystal over there are quick to respond and I never have to worry about them dropping the ball. Thanks, ladies!
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The entire process from key pickup to the app for noting property condition at move-in was easy to follow. Communication with Laurel has been great and made the move much easier for our busy family!
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Easy to work with, on top of things, good people.
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May 14, 2021
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This property management company is really on top of it! I've had a maintenance request and a general question that was addressed and handled the same business day! Coming from a company that took literally weeks to respond, Laurel is a breath of fresh air.
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I love Laurel Property services, I have been renting through them for years now. They're reliable and pleasant.

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