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Tenant Screening

We Manage Your Property While You Manage Your Life.

Landlords and homeowners who manage their own rental properties really need to know how to properly screen tenants. You never want to just move a tenant in without checking that person’s background and qualifications. It’s important that you always do a professional background screening. We’re telling you about what we do at Terra Residential Services before we approve a new tenant for one of our properties.

Background Checks

Our background checks include looking at an applicant’s criminal background, credit history, employment history and rental references. We do careful checks in all of these areas to ensure we are renting a property to the most qualified tenant.

Typical Requirements

The typical tenant we place makes at least four times the monthly rent in verifiable income. You can verify what an applicant makes by asking to see pay stubs, tax records or bank statements. We also look for at least three years of verifiable employment. You may need to call the current employer or check pay stubs and employment contracts from past companies. We also want to see three years or more of good rental history. We don’t want to see evictions in an applicant’s past.

An ideal tenant will have good credit, with a credit score of at least 600. The criminal record must be clean or only contain minor, non-violent items. We never want to approve a tenant who shows upon the sexual predator list or in the terror database.

These are the types of things you have to do and look for when you are screening potential tenants. Once you do this successfully, you have an outstanding chance of finding a great tenant who will pay rent on time and take good care of the property.

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Tenant Screening

We conduct extensive screening on all tenants and handle every aspect of getting your investment rented in the shortest time possible.

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We conduct inspections upon move-in and move-out and ensure all maintenance issues are addressed in a timely manner.

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In the unfortunate event that a tenant needs to be evicted from your rental, we will re-rent the property promptly.

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We Do More Than Just Collect the Rent!

We are not just "rent collectors", we are Houston property managers, and we
earn our fees each month.

  • We take pictures of the property before move in and at move out.
  • Rents are due on the first and late after the third. We personally call all tenants owing rent after the
    5th.
  • We send 3 Day Notices to Vacate if rent is not received by the 10th.
  • We enforce all provisions of the lease.
  • We take pictures of the property before move in and at move out.
  • We have a third party perform a walk through property report on all our homes at least once a year and provide written reports with pictures.
  • We file eviction in the middle of the month if the rent is still not paid.
  • We attend all court proceedings on your behalf.

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