Finding the right tenant (not just someone who pays rent) for your home can be a daunting task by itself. Doing background checks, the screening and interview process, the contracts, negotiating, researching and verifying information, law-compliance procedures and knowing what people’s responsibilities are is only the beginning. Add property management to the mix; frequent communications with the tenant; random visits; hiring contractors for repairs; assessing and defusing situations; risk-reduction policies and systems; keeping detailed records of all events; landlord-tenant laws; collecting rent, etc., and it can quickly become overwhelming.

Too many homeowners rely on finding their own tenants and are maybe doing a quick background check (which typically doesn’t cover the level of detail necessary to make an informed decision) and have them sign a lease found online (or worse, doesn’t have them sign a lease at all.) They’re putting themselves and their tenants in jeopardy. But it doesn’t have to be daunting or time-consuming for you. I can help.

If you or someone you know needs help finding the right tenant for their home or if they need help with residential property management, have them contact me. I’m happy to speak with them and see what I can do to help out. I can also send them a copy of the most recent “Landlords and Tenants Guide” from the Texas A&M Real Estate Center. It’s an excellent resource.