Do this before you accept tenant applications
12/17/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff
Before you start screening potential tenants, you should take certain steps to comply with the law.
The Texas Property Code requires that a landlord make available to an applicant a notice containing the tenant-selection criteria and a list of reasons for which an application may be denied. The tenant-selection criteria may include the applicant’s criminal history, previous rental history, current income, or credit history—any of which may be grounds for rejection if a negative outcome is found. If the landlord doesn’t make this notice available and rejects an applicant, the landlord must return the application fee and any application deposit. TAR’s Model Tenant-Selection Criteria Form satisfies this Texas Property Code requirement. If you are managing a property on behalf of the property owner, you should talk with your client before adopting this form.
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