Pre-Screen Potential Tenants Over The Phone 


Yea!  Your house is ready to rent, the phone is ringing and people want to see your house!  It is time to pre-screen potential tenants for your wonderful rental.  What a great feeling!










It is exciting when you start getting phone calls about seeing your rental property.  You sigh in relief because you know it will rent fast!  Before you grab your keys and run out the door to jump in your car and drive to your rental, you need take a step back and be sure these people can actually afford your house.


Getting a good tenant requires a lot of homework and just plain good luck sometimes. 


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Pre-Screen Potential Tenants

Before you waste your time running over to show your home, talk to every single person that calls and do a quick pre-screen.


Taking the time to pre-screen potential tenants over the phone will save you a lot of time and aggravation.  If you are one of those people that do not like to talk on the phone to people they have not met, get over it. 


There is no way around that unless you like to waste your time, driving around, meeting people, who will never in a million years, qualify to rent a property from you. 


The bottom line is that, as much as you may hate it, taking the time to talk to these people, for just a few minutes, will save you a lot of frustration in the long run. 



Crazy People, Nice People, Broke People

You will talk to talk to people who don’t have a clue, who will have you rolling your eyes and shaking your head, who will have you pulling your hair out and you may eventually wonder why, oh why, you ever decided to rent your property! 


But, you will also talk to some very nice people who are very interesting, even if they can’t ever qualify to rent your house.


Why waste your time with someone that has a sketchy rental history, a spotted, job hopping employment history and / or serious credit issues.



That’s Not Fair!!!  

If the prospective tenants object and say


“But, I just want to see it first”,


Stop and ask yourself what are they trying to hide?


When you are trying to find a new job, would you refuse to answer questions about yourself in this situation or think they were being ridiculous? 


Would you be rude or not follow specific instructions? 


I have had several people call about our available properties actually be rude to me when I was just asking routine questions to make sure they met very basic minimum requirements. 


They wouldn’t tell me their name, or didn’t want to tell me if they had a job or how much their monthly income was. 


I have had people hang up on me as well.  I shudder to think how they would treat me down the road if I had actually rented to them! 


Pre-Screening Questions

Before you agree to show any rental home, you should ask at least these 4 questions to make sure you are not wasting your time or the prospective client’s time.

  1. An income of at least 3 times the rent.
  1. Been on their current job at least 1 year.
  2. Been in their current home at least 1 year.
  3. No evictions filed on them in the last 3 years.


There is no reason to waste your time showing your property without some minimum guidelines in place.


Asking these four questions will tell you if this person has enough income to pay the rent and all of their bills and has a stable income and rental history.


Take The Time To Ask  

Asking these four questions allows you to screen out anyone who is not as stable. 


There are always exceptions and you do need to use your listening skills and ask questions.


For example, if the person has been on this job less than a year, ask where he worked before.


Some people stay at the same job for years and only move to get better pay and opportunities.


That is a lot different than someone who hops from fast food job to fast food job every few months.


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Look at it this way, anyone can find a bad tenant!  Your challenge is to talk to everyone you meet and listen to what they have to say, ask relevant questions and find that great tenant.


The one that all landlords dream about but usually don’t take the time to find!