Then check their criminal history. Any committed offenses should be considered. Next ask yourself: “Does their history indicate that they will be irresponsible with you or the property? Will they disrupt their neighbors?”
Despite the power of a contract, many landlords make the mistake of not holding tenants to it. Unfortunately, it is not always enough to have good faith in your tenants that they will have integrity and follow the contract.
There will be times throughout your landlord career when you will have to enforce your authority. You have to remember that the people are not your friends but your tenants. You are running a business, and a business cannot be run efficiently without the tenants’ responsible participation.
Managing your own real estate rentals can be a full-time job, and you may not be diversified across property types or regions. That puts your income at risk of tenant problems and larger market crashes.