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Five Questions to Ask When Performing a Credit Check

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  General   Tips   Tenant Credit Checks   Tenant Screening   

Spring is in the air, and it's that time again—moving time! During the warmer months, you're likely to have an influx of prospective tenants. That's a good thing, but it's easy to get overwhelmed by the number of applicants.

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3 Key Reasons for Using LinkedIn for Affiliate Marketing

  • Friday, February 24, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

LinkedIn has become one of the most widely used social media platforms since its inception in 2002. It has over 460 million members in 200 different countries. For this reason, it is a perfect tool for affiliate marketers looking to expand their business practices.

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How to Leverage Facebook to Affiliate Market VerticalRent

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

While other sites are gaining momentum, Facebook stills ranks as the most popular social media platform. For affiliate marketers, the reach of this site simply cannot be ignored.

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How You Can Use Meetup.com for Affiliate Marketing

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

We all know that people prefer to do business with people they know, like, trust and respect. As landlords, property managers and Realtors, we know that the more people who know, like, trust and respect us, the more business we are likely to do.

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Make Money as a VerticalRent Affiliate Marketer

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

Are you looking to make extra money through your online social network? If you have a large online following of landlords, realtors, property managers, or renters, consider joining our affiliate marketing program.

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3 Red Flags to Look for in Tenant Background Checks

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  General   Tenant Screening   

Nothing makes being a landlord easier than getting the right tenant in your property. Leasing to a tenant who has had problems in the past is risky and can lead to headaches and financial losses. Here are three red flags that should make you think twice before renting to a prospective tenant.

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The Challenges of International Credit Reports

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

Sometimes a landlord needs to screen potential tenants who happen to be foreign nationals. However, it makes a difference whether the applicant is an individual or a business.

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4 Ways Tenant Background Checks Can Save You Money

  • Thursday, November 24, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

If you are listing a rental property and want to move through the process quickly, one thing you shouldn’t take off of your list is background screenings for new tenants. While this might seem like a hassle and is an extra expense, this can actually save you money in the long run.

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3 Reasons Proper Tenant Screening is Worth the Effort

  • Thursday, November 10, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

If you are looking for new tenants for your rental property, sometimes the process can seem overwhelming. With open houses, walkthroughs, and vetting prospective renters, it can be easy to forget to do an in depth screening.

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Home Owner Association (HOA) Background Checks for Halloween

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

There are many benefits to living in a community with an organized Home Owner Association (HOA). For starters, we can rest assured that nobody in the neighborhood will suddenly paint their house pink for no particular reason!

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3 Tips for Cash Strapped Landlords

  • Tuesday, August 9, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

Many of the folks using VerticalRent are do-it-yourself landlords who use our system to protect their investment with tenant credit and background checks.

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Why Getting a Tenant Credit Report Is Important

  • Thursday, August 4, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

A tenant credit report is a must for those who have been in the rental business for quite some time and especially to those who are new to renting out their properties.

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What Should Be On a Rental Application Form?

  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

A rental application form is tremendously valuable to landlords and to prospective tenants because your rental application form can contain all the information you and your tenant needs when it comes to the finer details of the apartments.

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Credit Check for Landlords Mitigates 7 Risk Factors

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

Credit checks for landlords are helping to transform the landlord business into a much safer and more efficient business. There are plenty of laws, rules and regulations out there that are specifically created to help protect the rights of tenants so these individuals do not end up out on the streets.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Get a Tenant Background Check Done

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

A tenant background check is the perfect way to ensure that you get the best possible tenants for your property. It is hard to do proper character judging in a world filled with scammers and uncaring people.

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VerticalRent Offers Comprehensive White Label Solution to Boost Efficiency

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016
  General   Product Updates   Newsletter   

For real estate professionals, there is often a common tendency to try to do everything on their own. While the DIY approach is important for successful entrepreneurship, it’s also important to learn where you can save time and money by leveraging existing resources.

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Feds Say that Denying Housing from National Background Check May be Discrimination

  • Sunday, July 3, 2016
  General   Tenant Screening   Newsletter   

Is denying a prospective tenant housing because of his or her criminal record discrimination? Well, according to the Feds, it could be.

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What You Need to Know about the HUD's Guidance on Screening Ex-Offenders

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
  General   Tenant Screening   

On April 4, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released new guidelines regarding the application of fair housing standards to individuals with a criminal history.

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Invite vs. Instant Applicant Checks for Realtors

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  General   Product Updates   

We've had a few questions in the past about the difference between inviting an applicant vs. running an instant check (via a token) on an applicant.

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Try Our Risk Free Applicant Discovery Report Today!

  • Monday, January 4, 2016
  General   Product Updates   

Looking for a superior investigative starting point for developing a more complete background check on your applicants? Look no further than our risk free Applicant Discovery Report.

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VerticalRent Saves Real Estate Brokers and Property Managers Up to $40,000 Every Year

  • Saturday, September 5, 2015
  General   Tenant Screening   Product Updates   

Two flavors of tenant screening are available, invite and instant. VerticalRent's latest release unveils a broad spectrum of tenant screening features for both independent landlords and large real estate brokerage firms.

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VerticalRent Announces Both VantageScore and FICO with Ultimate Edition

  • Saturday, September 5, 2015
  General   Tenant Screening   Product Updates   

VerticalRent now offers both VantageScore and FICO. It’s time to officially understand the similarities – and more importantly – their differences.

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One Applicant is Never Enough. Choose Wisely.

  • Sunday, February 15, 2015
  General   Product Updates   

Earning reward points toward free services with VerticalRent just got easier. You will start earning points immediately for every credit, criminal, and eviction report processed.

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Tenant Screening: A Legal Overview

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
  General   Legal   Tenant Screening   FCRA   Fair Housing Act   Contributing Editorial   

While it is important to screen your tenants carefully to avoid mishaps and uncomfortable circumstances, you also have to be careful not to break any discrimination laws when conducting your search for the perfect renter.

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3 Ways to Conduct a Tenant Check

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

Most property owners have experienced at least one issue with a problematic tenant. Whether it was a wild party that required the police to be summoned in order to quiet things down or it involved chasing the tenant for overdue rent, such issues can be a hassle.

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VerticalRent Introduces Major Improvements In Tenant Screening

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
  General   Product Updates   

VerticalRent announced today the release of its highly anticipated enhancement package 2.0. The list of enhancements is too much to outline, so we’re summing it up below for you. Enjoy!

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7 Steps to Conducting an Effective Tenant Screening

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

One of the most important decisions you will make as a landlord is choosing the right tenant for your property. The right tenant can easily mean the difference between being paid on time or chasing the tenant for rent each month.

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3 Reasons Why You Cannot Afford Not to Do a Tenant Check

  • Sunday, September 14, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

When it comes to renting your property, it is important to know who will be residing in your unit. A comprehensive tenant check can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about who will occupy your property.

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5 Reasons Why You Need an Online Rental Application

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

The property rental business has dramatically changed in the last few years. Among the most significant changes is the transition to online management.

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Building a Solid Reputation as a Landlord in your Community

  • Monday, August 25, 2014
  Tenant Screening   General   

I have always felt that one of the single most important assets as a landlord is one's reputation. All too often, we hear about landlords who do not keep up their properties, charge too much for rent, and in general, have no care or consideration for their tenants.

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Tips to Help Renters Avoid Scams and Internet Fraud

  • Friday, August 15, 2014
  Tenant Screening   General   

As the recent data breach with Target serves to underscore, you can never be too careful when it comes to your financial information. While you cannot eschew technology altogether, it is important to become educated about scams and various types of Internet fraud.

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Tips for Handling Tenant Disputes

  • Friday, August 8, 2014
  Tenant Screening   General   

While it would certainly be nice if everything was always smooth sailing with tenants that is not always the case. The simple fact is that from time to time, you are going to find yourself in a dispute with tenants. Making certain that you are prepared for inevitable disputes can help you to avoid being caught unaware.

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Flexible Tenant Screening Answered with VerticalRent 2.0

  • Monday, August 4, 2014
  Product Updates   

We have listened intently to our landlords over the past few years and will be introducing a flexible tenant screening option in VerticalRent 2.0. Our basic package will remain completely free to landlords.

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Free Tenant Screening, Improved Applicant Tracking and Usability for Landlords and Tenants

  • Monday, July 28, 2014
  Product Updates   

VerticalRent has been making quite the splash across the United States for independent landlords owning between 1 and 50 units. Now serving landlords in all 50 states, we have reached a milestone and are celebrating with the introduction of VerticalRent 2.0 – available late September 2014.

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Build Trust on CraigsList with the VerticalRent Trusted Landlord Seal

  • Monday, December 9, 2013
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

Free classified sites are infamous for being full of scammers. The VerticalRent Trusted Landlord Seal ensures potential renters that your vacancy advertisement is legitimate.

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A Landlord's Guide to Understanding Criminal Checks

  • Friday, November 8, 2013
  General   Tenant Screening   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

As a landlord, it is only natural for you to want to know more about an applicant before deciding to rent your property to that person.

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Apartment Associations Must Now Credential All Members Who Obtain Credit Reports, Or Do They?

  • Monday, November 4, 2013
  General   Tenant Screening   Criminal & Eviction Checks   Tenant Credit Checks   

Requirements for landlord’s running credit reports on prospective tenants continue to evolve. Credentialing is now required for all end users (landlords).

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Handling Credit Checks in a Recession

  • Friday, October 25, 2013
  General   Tenant Screening   Tenant Credit Checks   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

While the rental market may be stronger than ever, it is still important for landlords to exercise caution. Many people have been hurt by the economy and their credit scores have suffered the consequences.

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Should You Collect Rental Application Fees?

  • Friday, September 27, 2013
  General   Legal   Tips   Tenant Screening   Tenant Credit Checks   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

Collecting rents is an important function as a landlord, but that process does not begin on the due date. It actually begins on the day that your tenant completes a rental application.

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Common Sense Tips to Rejecting a Rental Application

  • Friday, September 13, 2013
  General   Legal   Paperwork & Forms   Tenant Screening   

When you are in the business of renting properties, there naturally comes a time when you must reject an applicant. There can be a number of reasons why you might reject a rental application.

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Top 10 Reasons to Screen Tenants

  • Monday, July 15, 2013
  General   Tenant Screening   Tenant Credit Checks   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

Many landlords roll the dice when it comes to filling their vacancies.

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Establishing Valid Criteria for Selecting Tenants

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

Establishing tenant selection criteria can be one of the most confusing areas of operating rental property for many people.

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