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Avoid Asking These Questions When Interviewing Prospective Tenants

As a landlord, conducting interviews is part of your job. You want to land a good tenant for your home rental, so you tend to ask questions. However, you have to be mindful of what questions you ask.

Do not ask questions that go against fair housing laws
The Federal Fair Housing Act protects seven classes. These classes include: sex, national origin, race, familial status, color, religion and disability. Some states also protect sexual orientation and marital status. Sample questions to avoid:
• Are you a disabled person?
• Are you a Muslim? Don’t cause a ruckus when it is time for you to pray.
• Are you Korean or Japanese?
• I don’t want noisy infants in my building. Are you pregnant by the way?
• Are you gay?
• You have dark skin. The majority of the tenants are white people, are you sure you will be comfortable living here?
• I don’t rent to families who have kids that have disabilities.

Ask if the prospective has been convicted of a crime
Do not ask the prospective tenants “Have you ever been arrested?” Rental Property Management Companies in Denver Colorado suggest that you ask the prospective tenant if he has been convicted of a crime instead. You will be able to further your knowledge on the matter by running a background check. The severity of the criminal offense (felonies, misdemeanors and infarctions) will be able to help you discern if the prospective tenant will be worth the risk.

Source: landlords.about.com