Advice for screening a foreign renter
March 8, 2011 9:10 PM Subscribe
I own a condo in northern Virginia that I have been renting out for a few years and I have an applicant to move in...from overseas. He is post-doc at a government agency that has a two year appointment. What kinds of information should I gather to screen him as a tenant? And how do I deal with the broken lease from the previous tenant?
posted by pithy comment to Law & Government (5 answers total)
This applicant is living with his supervisor and I have been speaking with that man's wife to facilitate the language difficulties. The applicant understands and writes English but doesn't speak that well yet. Interestingly a friend of mine also works in the same department so they can vouch that the applicant is employed etc.
I imagine it will be near impossible to check rental or employment history. Are there other things I need to consider with a foreign tenant?
A side question: my current tenant is breaking his lease because he lost his job. The lease has a section on "breach of lease" but that is more like violating a rule. Can I keep the security deposit since he is moving out early? He notified me of the early move-out and is helping me to show the apartment to new tenants.