Activity 2: How Landlords Screen Applicants

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

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Using the list generated in Activity 1, ask participants to suggest how they would get answers to each of the questions raised. Use this list to summarize screening techniques landlords typically use.

Credit report

  • Bad debt collections
  • Bankruptcies
  • Late payments

Employer and income check

  • Ability to pay rent
  • Stability of employment

Previous landlords

  • Rent payment history
  • Condition of rental unit
  • Complaints from other residents

Arrests and convictions

  • Crimes that could affect the safety of other tenants or the condition of the property

Utility payment verification

  • History of paying utility bills