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Dear PoPville – Best way to find a tenant?

by Prince Of Petworth January 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm 29 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

“Dear PoPville,

Question for all you landlords out there — what’s the best way to find a tenant? Advertising on Craigslist? Holding an “open house” and advertising on Craigslist?

Do you have tenants fill out an application, and if so, do you charge an application fee?

What kind of “due diligence” do I need to be doing to make sure I end up with a good tenant — I should run a credit check, right? Anything else?

How do you recommend doing things when you’re (1) seeking a tenant to share some degree of space with you (housemate, basement tenant, etc.), vs. (2) seeking a tenant to live in a rental property totally unconnected with your own residence?”


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