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2020-08-10 DON'T RENT TO ANOTHER'S EVICTEE | By: Jeff Taylor

by Jeff Taylor 

I read an article recently that highlighted how vital it will be in the next 30 to 60 days to be extremely careful to avoid renting to people who have just been evicted from another landlord (and didn't pay the previous landlord for several months). Three big points I want to emphasize:
  1. The most obvious way to avoid renting to someone who was someone else's recent nightmare is to check for any recent eviction. However, this may mean searching online for eviction and court records in your local jurisdiction and in the jurisdictions your applicant has lived.
  2. Ask for proof of payment of rent for the last four months through bank statements or canceled checks. Do not fall for the line, “They were living with family and did not have to pay rent.”
  3. Avoid anyone who has a judgment. Chances are they will be garnished at every job to which they apply, leaving them with less money to pay you rent.

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