Every residential structure is not just a property but it is a home for most of us. However, the job opportunities today push many professionals to live away from home and thus the person turns into a tenant. This scenario begins with the search for a rental property and thus we let you know the basic tips to conduct a background check of the landlord. So, read this entire post and safeguard yourself from frauds who are likely to be a problem for you.
1. Enquire from Neighbours
At the time of site visit, try to have small conversations with the neighbours and this must include the families living nearby, the shopkeepers of the locality and do not forget to have a detailed conversation about things likes how many people are there in his/her family, how often do they socialize, are they soft-spoken and more. All this gives you a clear understanding of the family and this is important as the landlord should neither be an introvert or too friendly.
2. Ownership Check
Pay a visit to the local authority office and figure out if the person is the original property owner. This is an important tip to check the background of a landlord as you must not get caught in a foul play as it is a threat to your security.
3. Check Criminal Record
As a tenant, you must know if the landlord is involved in any criminal activity or not. Also, it is your responsibility to check for the criminal record of the person as he/she is likely to be involved in any heinous crime in the future also and this is not the right thing socially and personally also. So, do check for the character check of the landlord before finalizing a rental property.
4. Ask for Details
Background check is of utmost importance in case of renting a home and hence you must ask a few questions to the landlord. This includes basic points like:
Where does the landlord stay?
Who will bear the maintenance cost?
Is any tenant vacating the property?
Are the visitors allowed to stay?
If he/she has a problem with late night outing or entry?
Do you need to pay parking charges?
Is the pet allowed?
The motive behind doing a background check is similar for the tenant and landlord as the main purpose is to figure out that the person residing in the property is not a threat to the society and thus it is essential to know if the landlord is involved in any wrong activities or not.