Maybe You Should Run A Background Check On Landlords-Tenants Beware!

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates

Sounds extreme right?  Think again...

Scenerio 1

Just imagine if you were a tenant trying to get into your home on Christmas Eve..gated community and all of a sudden you can't get into your house..neither can your room mates.  Imagine the stress a mother feels..when her son is so far away..she does her part and calls all her connections he and his room mates gets back in and before you know it..they find out...No tenants allowed..they had a lease and now..there is an eviction notice..on the door but not before the landlord fabricates a story...a story to the HOA..and the tenants don't want to take part nor does the mother... 

Now the landlord is upset because it could have worked if only the tenants had gone along with the story and now without a choice the landlord must evict these young men.... they are now looking for a new home for the boys!

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While there are record numbers of short sales on the market... you have to wonder, how many of these properties are on the market for rent today? And what is the intent...to get current on the mortgage and continue paying..or will there be more stories of tenants with eviction notices on the door?

Tenant Beware It Could Happen To You!

I don't necessarily mean do a background check but maybe everyone should do their homework...

Tenants usually pay first last and security...they sometimes have their credit pulled..background check done..a determination is made if the tenant can pay the rent....they go through quite a process...and maybe so should the landlord!

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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

We have renters where the landlord is not paying their mortgage -- and the renters are  being caught unaware -- sad state of the times.

Jan 07, 2009 11:30 PM #1
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
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That is one thing that pisses me off.  When a landlord takes the rent and doesn't pay the mortgage... they should be looking at fraud charges and jail time. 

Jan 07, 2009 11:49 PM #2
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Midori,
More than ever, be well informed on ever level is soooooo important. 

Jan 08, 2009 05:46 AM #3
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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Midori, can I say this is wisdom in this market. What a terrible scenerio to have been put in. Good idea to check tax records and bank and make sure the seller, not lessor is current on payments BEFORE you move in.

Jan 08, 2009 08:18 AM #4
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Petra Norris
CDV TransAtlantic, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Midori - The sad thing is when a good paying tenant looses all the monies paid to the Landlord (Security Deposit, Pet Deposit and Last Month Rent) and have to pay it all again. "It is time to buy your home now!"

Jan 08, 2009 09:25 AM #5
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Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

Yet another good reason for a tenant to go through a good management company. We try to check our Owners out, as well as tenants.

Jan 08, 2009 01:19 PM #7
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

I have for a long time considered a tenant/renter a unprotected class.

Jan 08, 2009 05:35 PM #8
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Performing a background check will not only give you confidence, however, it may also give you peace of mind in the decision you’ve made. So it doesn’t matter if the website that you are using is free or paid services. However in some online people search engine that requires a fee for background check, like the identitypi.com, it will give you instant results. You can get all available information like employment and criminal background check with our fast and hassle-free process. It will give you a good value for your money that you spend on it.

Jan 08, 2009 06:05 PM #9
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Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Hi Midori,

I have read a number of cases where the Landlord had absconded with the tenants deposit and security. All the while collecting rent and not paying the mortgage. Eventually the home is foreclosed and the tenant is out in the street and no home of getting his upfront money back.

Jan 08, 2009 09:55 PM #10
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Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management - Sacramento Area

Some bad landlords give the industry a bad name.  It is very difficult to know who to trust as one looks good today can go south tomorrow no matter how good it looks today.  That is the nature of renting, especially houses and duplexes.  

Jan 09, 2009 12:00 AM #11
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Paul Francis
Prudential Americana Group - REALTORS - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate - Summerlin Homes - 702.592.

Worse yet... I've come across tenants contacting me in the final days of being evicted by a bank who paid a security deposit and monthly rents to somebody who did not even own the home!

 

Jan 09, 2009 03:02 AM #12
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Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Midori:

This is a growing trend...I came across a tenant with that problem last month and did a post also...

It's terrible!

ToulaRosebrock.com - DianeTurton.net

Jan 09, 2009 07:23 AM #13
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Neal Bloom
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Very common story that I hear in my area. I almost had one of my landlords not tell the tenant but we were lucky and the tenant moved and we found them another place.

Jan 09, 2009 05:18 PM #14
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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I doubt if 90% of tenants know what a lis pendens actually is.....and many states/jurisdictions don't treat a forclosure as a lis pendens - the notice is included in the actual note or security instrument originally recorded with the mortgage.

Having a title company run a courtesy 2-page title report is a better option if they can wait the 24 or 48 hours for the process.

Jan 09, 2009 06:19 PM #15
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Is it legal for my landlord to do a background check on my girlfriend who might stay in my apartment once a week? This seems like an invasion of privacy.

Aug 07, 2009 12:35 PM #16
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