If you have ever wondered why it is so important to conduct tenant verification you will need to hear from real life consequences in cases where proper tenant verification was not performed.
In January 2015 in Los Angeles, California, a landlord ended up in the hospital after his tenant shot him after the two had a dispute. The shooting reportedly took place in the tenant’s apartment.
In February 2015 in Austin, Texas a tenant violently beat up his 82 year old landlord, Lillie Wright, to the point where her eyes were swollen shut. Ms. Wright had been renting her basement out to the tenant, Ezell Brown. He reportedly entered her house through its main entrance and made a beeline towards his landlord. It was later reported that Brown committed this crime due to having narcotics in his system that led to his behavior. It was also reported that he had a long arrest record that included 18 arrests.
In early March 2015 a man in Sioux Falls was arrested for aiming his loaded gun towards two men and scaring them with a warning shot. The incident took place directly outside the shooter’s apartment and resulted in the shooter being charged with aggravated assault.
As well as being a huge problem in the U.S. good tenants gone bad are also a common problem in Canada. In January of 2015 in Toronto a woman was taken to court to face fraud charges for financially devastating several of her past landlords. The woman was accused of having lied during two different tenant verification processes. Her records showed that she had been evicted from seven properties between 2005 and 2015. She had a history of bouncing checks and leaving properties a dirty mess when she moved out of them.
Each of these stories provides a compelling argument for the importance of performing thorough tenant verifications each and every time you rent to someone. Failure to do so can have disastrous consequences for everyone. Tenant verification is a crucial part of the process of renting any property.