Tenant Screening 101: A Step-by-Step Guide [ VIDEO ]

Written on September 30, 2014 by , updated on April 21, 2015

I believe that the best way to deal with bad tenants is to make sure they never move in!

That’s why tenant screening is one of the most important steps in the landlord lifecycle.

In our ongoing efforts to educate landlords nationwide, I host classes and webinars on a variety of rental topics.

In the most recent webinar, I discuss general best practices for tenant screening, including my very own 8-step process to select the best tenants.

Recorded Webinar:


Click the link to jump ahead to the specific chapter.

  1. Screening Basics (8:22)
  2. Discrimination Laws (19:44)
  3. My 8 Step Screening Process (24:02)
  4. Less-Qualified Applicants (53:33)
  5. Bonus Resources (56:06)
  6. Cozy is FREE (59:13)


Thanks to all who attended the free webinar. If you have a suggestion for another topic, let me know!

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1 CommentLeave a Comment

  • Rachel

    Hi Lucas,
    You’ve mentioned checking the back of the car seat multiple times on the website as part of your screening process, but as a mother I know my backseat is always messy from my kiddo. That doesn’t accurately reflect my abilities as a prospective good tenant. Aside from my backseat, our home is very, very clean and I always pay my bills on time. Now, if you looked at the front passenger seat you’d think “Ah, now this person could be a great tenant”. =) I also know other parents whose kids treat the backseat the same way, and they are great homeowners and tenants. I could see how this applies to single people, but not those who have families with kids. Just my two cents.



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