Here is a standard Response to a Tenant Rental Inquiry that I use. I try to pre-screen as much as possible to avoid wasting my time, the prospects time, and the current tenants time. I do not want a random prospect walking around in my tenants home, without knowing what kind of person that they are. Granted, it is a system that is honor based, but it does give some sort of screening that is pretty decent.
Here is my Response to a Tenant Rental Inquiry
Thank you for inquiring on XXX Main Street #103, Anytown, MN 55123.
This unit will be available October 15th, 2015. There is a possibility it may be available slightly earlier.
This is a three bedroom, two bath unit. It is a non-smoking building.
I will be looking for tenants with a 625+ credit score, and a solid household income of at least ~$45,000 per year. If you are marginal on both of these items, I will generally decline you. Your criminal and rental history must be clean. If you have had a foreclosure, I can work with you a bit on this.
I have a Real Estate license, so if you are preparing to buy a home, this is a perfect fit. If you purchase a home through me, I can make sure the lease transition is easy, and also give you up to $500 back at closing to help with your moving expenses or anything you want. Sort of like a rent to own, but you buy the place you want, not this place.
Pets are allowed, however no Akita, Chow, Pit-bull, Rottweiler, or any cross breed with wolf are allowed. A $25 fee per pet is a general rule of thumb.
There is a tandem garage, one car parks in front of the other. There are two flights of stairs to get into the unit. After that, it is all one level. There is a washer and dryer in the unit. The unit has central air conditioning.
I have tenants in the unit, so I need to give advance notice for showing. I generally show the unit on weekends between 11 AM and 4 PM and sometimes during the week between 6 PM and 7 PM. You will need to schedule an appointment first, and then confirm the appointment ~30 minutes before you arrive.
I do not take Section 8. If you have had an eviction, or you have had recent criminal activity including DUIs, I generally will pass on you. If you are not a legal resident of the USA, I will not be able to rent to you as I cannot perform a valid background check.
The rent price includes water, sewer, garbage, lawn maintenance and snow removal. It does not include gas or electric, which runs ~$125 per month. The deposit is $1,300.
If you are still interested and want to look at the apartment, please let me know.
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