Short Virtual Meeting Wed June 9: Tenant Screening Overview, Rental Applications

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06/09/2021 12:00 PM - 06/09/2021 1:00 PM

Part I: Tenant Screening Overview

Tenant screening skills are more important than ever in this climate. If you cannot screen adequately, you may be better off leaving your units vacant. We will discuss increasing pass/fail thresholds on written applicant qualifiers, and using such qualifiers before you list a unit to evaluate whether to list at all. We will then explain how to check credit, criminal, and eviction history. Which sources can we check? What do the reports mean? This segment will review all of these factors, as well as give a comprehensive look at discrimination protections. We'll show you how to protect your assets while also giving equal housing opportunity to all. Under fair housing in particular, we will cover age discrimination and emotional support animals. Attendees will learn when you can take a photo ID and how to verify requests for reasonable accommodation.

Part II: Rental Applications

The critical step in a tenant screening process is the rental application. Is it complete? Is it true? And is it enough? In this segment, we will review the general context in which tenant screening happens, covering credit, criminal, and housing history. Then we will review the MassLandlords application box-by-box, with examples completed. Can we verify their prior address? What do their pay stubs look like, or do they have proof of subsidy or other income? Why does it say "etc." under pets? Finally, we'll give guidance on how to communicate acceptance or rejection, and why ghosting an applicant may come back to haunt you. Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of how to use the MassLandlords rental application, how to verify information presented, and how to rent knowing your new customers are likely to succeed.
Jeremy Durrin of Background Examine
Jeremy Durrin of Background Examine
Jeremy Durrin is the president of Background Examine, a Massachusetts employment and tenant screening company. Jeremy lives in the local Western MA community based in Westhampton MA. He has been in the background screening industry over the past 10 years working for a national company and is now the President of his own firm. Jeremy started the company 3 years ago to offer a more clear service option for company's in MA and all around the country wanting to run compliant background checks on tenants and prospective employees.  

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Wednesday, June 9th

Short Virtual Meeting Agenda

  • 12:00pm Presentation begins, blends with Q&A
  • 1:00pm Q&A ends

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Topic: Virtual Meeting June 9, 2021 Time: Jun 9, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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