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How to Screen Tenants for Your Michigan Rental Property

screen tenantsAs a landlord in Michigan, finding the right tenants for your rental property is critical to your success. You want to ensure that you’re renting to responsible, trustworthy individuals who will take care of your property and pay their rent on time. That’s why tenant screening is such an important part of the rental process. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to screen tenants for your Michigan rental property effectively.

  • Conduct a Background Check

One of the most important steps is conducting a background check. This will help you identify any criminal history, past evictions, or other red flags. You can use a variety of online resources to conduct a background check, including public records databases and tenant screening services.

  • Check Credit History

Another critical component of tenant screening is checking the tenant’s credit history. This will help you determine whether the tenant has a history of paying bills on time and managing their finances responsibly. A low credit score or a history of missed payments could be a sign that the tenant may not be able to afford the rent or may be unreliable.

  • Verify Income and Employment

Before renting to a tenant, you want to ensure that they have a stable source of income and employment. This will help you determine whether the tenant can afford to pay the rent consistently. You can request proof of income. Examples of these are pay stubs or tax returns, and contact the tenant’s employer to verify their employment status.

  • Contact References

Contacting the tenant’s references, such as past landlords or employers, is another crucial step in tenant screening. This will help you get a better sense of the tenant’s rental history and whether they were a responsible tenant in the past. Be sure to ask specific questions, such as whether the tenant paid their rent on time and whether they left the property in good condition.

  • Consider a Personal Interview

Finally, consider conducting a personal interview with the tenant to get a better sense of their personality.  This provides a chance to discuss concerns or questions. You could also learn more about the tenant’s rental history, employment, or finances.


In conclusion, tenant screening is an essential part of the rental process for landlords in Michigan. By conducting these steps, you’ll be able to identify responsible, trustworthy tenants who will take care of your property and pay their rent on time. Keep in mind that tenant screening is an ongoing process, so be sure to continue to monitor your tenants’ behavior and address any issues that arise promptly.

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