Renting is more of an art than a science. Yes, you need to do credit checks, landlord references and criminal backgrounds; but there is still more to it.
My first criteria is, “does it make sense?” I will have applicants look at a one bedroom in the city and then want to see a townhouse in the suburbs. What is up with that? It doesn’t make sense and I usually run away from them.
It needs to make sense. Are they trying to get in a certain school district? Is it comparable to where they live now? Price range? Why are they moving? Who is moving with them? Do they have a dog now but ‘they are getting rid of it when they move?’. How many people are they trying to squeeze into a one bedroom apartment?
If the answers to all the questions don’t make sense, the applicants probably don’t either.