Your next step in determining if you should take a risk with this tenant is to
show up unexpectedly at their front door. You could say something like, “The
owner has narrowed the selection down to two people, and you are one of them. I
just wanted to drop off a copy of the lease for you to look over.” Then you say,
“Could I trouble you to use your rest room?” Usually this will get you in.
If they resist because they say the house is a mess, reassure them that it is OK;
you can see past day-to-day clutter. Start to enter.
You have to be a tad bit aggressive here. Your time is wasted if you do not get in.
If they still resist, then own up to the fact that the owner requires you to get a quick look at
the condition of the home / apartment they presently live in. If they do not let you
in, for sure the owner will not accept them. Again reassure them you can see past
the day-to-day clutter.
What to Look For
Once inside, you are looking for long term filth, dirty walls, doors, and
floors, holes in the walls and doors, dirty clothes over the floor in the hallway or
bath and you can hardly avoid walking on them, garbage and food where it
should not be, animal odor or feces on the floor. I have literally been in a home
where I had to watch where I was stepping to avoid feces and urine puddles from
the dog or cat. It was unbelievable! Was I ever thankful that I did an inspection!
Do roaches exist in the home? If so, is it a heavy infestation? I have seen where
they were crawling on the ceiling and I had to be careful not to walk under them.
Talk about creepy! You can get a sense if people are comfortable with roaches as
just part of the family or if it is a problem they are struggling to be rid of.
However, understand roaches move with the family. There is no way to avoid it!
Measures can be taken to annihilate roaches over a thirty to sixty day time
period. Tell the tenants that prior to packing up their stuff to move, you want
them to set off a smoke bomb in every room. Smoke bombs can be acquired at
most building supply stores. This will get rid of most of them but not the
unhatched eggs. For the rest and the eggs that will hatch in your property, Require
that they pay for and schedule an exterminator to spray just prior to their moving in.
A 2nd treatment in 30 days will also be needed.
Over all, use basic common sense when inspecting the prospective tenant’s
home and always be courteous. When leaving, tell them you will get back to
them as soon as you can. Do so later that day or the following morning. If you
have decided to take them, invite them into your office. If you do not have an
office, return to their home or have them meet you at the rental property. Remind
them that they will need to bring their first month’s rent and the balance of the
security deposit with them.
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