tenant screening

Tenant Screening versus Employee Screening

By Peter Vickery, Esq., Legislative Affairs Counsel In addition to owning rental property, perhaps you also employ a few people, e.g. maintenance and administrative personnel. Wearing your employer hat, imagine that you have a position to fill and three people apply. You already know that there are certain questions that…

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The Best Free Background Check in MA: Eviction Court Records

A step-by-step guide to checking eviction court records, the best free background check in Massachusetts. Massachusetts landlords in need of a free background check are in luck. There are publicly available eviction court records at MassCourts.org. This step-by-step guide will walk you through how to check Massachusetts eviction records for…

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How to Avoid Being Sued for Transgender Discrimination in Massachusetts: A Landlord’s Guide

In-depth article to familiarize yourself with transgender people so you can rent your apartment to the most qualified applicant. A Suffolk law study released March 27, 2017 found that over half of us landlords are not treating transgender people equally in our rental process. Someone is going to be the…

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Tenant Phone Interview Guide

APARTMENT:                                                                                             DATE: NAME: TELEPHONE: This is the 1st phase of the telephone interview.  Simply ask the questions and get the answers.  Don’t respond too much except to ask for clarifications, examples, and explanations.       What date would you like to move in?             The apartment won’t be available until … …

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Eviction Reform: ‘Just Cause Eviction’ Bad for Landlords, Worse for Tenants

By: Sherri Way, Landlord and MassLandlords Member If we want to help low-income or bad credit tenants find housing, we must create an environment where they are not considered an unsurmountable risk to landlords. There has been much talk over the past year about Eviction Reform in Massachusetts.  Most landlords…

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Quick Tips for Checking CORI

Criminal background checks for Massachusetts are easy once you know the steps. Present each applicant over 18 with a CORI Acknowledgement Form. Verify the information they write on the form by checking their government issued ID. Sign and date the bottom of the form. Store the form in a locked…

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Take Our Survey on ESAs!

Jocelyn Augustino took this photo of a bona fide FEMA comfort dog, used to help people find composure after disasters. Have you seen an increase in tenants with ESAs, or those who claim their animals are ESAs? Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are domestic animals who provide therapeutic support to their…

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