Activity 1: Why Landlords Screen Applicants

(Objective 1: Understand why and how landlords screen applications and how to prepare.)

Ask participants to assume that they just inherited a rental property and they are looking for a new tenant. What would they want to know about applicants before renting to them? Provide Handout 1: The Rental Application Process, then list the questions you would want answered before you rented to someone.

Ask them to share some of their ideas and list them on a whiteboard or flip chart. Be sure the following items are on the list:

  • Do they have sufficient income to pay the rent?
  • Will they pay the rent?
  • Will they keep up the rental unit?
  • Will other tenants complain about them?
  • Are they honest when filling out the application?