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Know what makes a good landlord-tenant relationship

As a landlord, you want to choose your tenants carefully. You want to find a tenant who will respect your property and who you can work well with.

There are a few tips that can help you get a great tenant in place in your rental property. By knowing these, you'll have fewer risks of working with tenants who may cause damage in your home.

1. Perform a criminal background check on potential tenants

A criminal history isn't indicative of a person who won't take care of a property, but it gives you solid insight on their tendencies. You can see if the individual is prone to violence or if they drink heavily, for example.

2. Get a tenant's rental history

The one thing you don't want to find out is that your tenant has a history of evictions for nonpayment. Choose your tenant based on a solid rental history with past landlords.

3. Limit the number of tenants in the home

The more tenants there are, the more likely it is that you'll see wear and tear in your property. Limiting the tenants to two per bedroom can help.

These are a few good ways to help you reduce the likelihood of damage to your property while also finding genuine, good-intentioned tenants. For the most part, people want to take care of their homes, but taking these precautions can help you find the best possible tenants for your property. Your attorney can help you draw up a well-written leasing agreement for further protection when you decide to rent out a property.

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