Questions That Will Help You Find the Perfect Tenant

How to find the perfect tenant. Tips that will take you through the screening process of finding a great tenant.

The Most Important Questions to Ask Prospective Tenants

A good tenant makes managing your investment property a breeze, whereas a bad tenant can cause headaches as well as money in some cases.

The best way to ensure you find a high-quality tenant for your investment property is to have a thorough screening process in place.

What questions should I ask prospective tenants?

We have compiled a list of the important questions to ask prospective tenants as part of your screening process:

The Basics

  • Why are you looking for a rental property / leaving your current place?
  • When are you looking to you move in?
  • How long do you want the property for?
  • How many people will be living in the property?


 Will the tenant be able to pay the rent?

  • What is your current employment situation and do you have an employer reference?
  • What is your monthly income?
  • Will you have the bond and first month’s rent available upon signing the lease?
  • Will you agree to a credit and background check?
  • Do you have a rental guarantor?

 Does the tenant have a good rental history?

  • Can you provide references from a previous landlord or agent?
  • Have you ever been evicted?


 Is there an increased risk of damage to your property?

  • Do you have any pets?
  • Are you a smoker?

It’s important to meet prospective tenants before agreeing to sign any lease documents.

A great opportunity to do this is at a property inspection, which also gives the tenant a chance to ask any questions they might have about your property too.

Need to do a check on a Potential Tenant?

Through RentBetter you can access the National Tenancy Database (NTD) to run Tenant background checks to ensure that there are no black marks before you lock in the lease.

For more information on how it works click here.