Realtor greeting the new tenantsLet’s say you’ve already conducted the basic screening duties on new tenants. You’ve hired professionals in property management in Jacksonville, Florida, and they’ve checked the applicants criminal record, credit report, bank information, and ascertained that everything looks good. Still, as the landlord, there are subtle red flags of bad tenants you should watch know. These are some types of tenants you should avoid.

1. The frequent mover

If the potential tenant has changed addresses in the same general area in a short period of time, know that you’re dealing with a serial mover. If the applicant speaks ill of their current property, landlord, or their maintenance staff, this is sure sign you might be dealing with a high maintenance client who won’t stick around for long.

Keep in mind, every moment a tenant turns back the keys, the clock starts ticking.  Unless you find an instant replacement, just know that every minute the unit stays vacant you’re losing money.

2. The hobos

This is not to mean that applicants should come dressed in designer outfits. However, do take note on the applicant’s appearance, the state of their cars and their hygiene habits. A tardy applicant who looks unkempt is hardly an assurance they will take good care of your property. Next time you’re screening applicants, practice physiognomy (a Greek word which means assessing someone from their outward appearance).

3. The drunk

Everyone handles alcohol differently. The one thing you can tell at a first glance is how they behave when they reach their drunken climax. There are the happy drunks who will go out of their way to say hi to everybody as they also give bear hugs to strangers. And then, we havethe destructive drunk who turns salvage when drunk; they’ll break glasses and furniture and not care about it.

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If an applicant comes to meet you showing signs of alcoholism such as stink of alcohol combined with slurred speech and dilated pupils, treat this as a red flag.

Although these signs are just general and by no means absolute. However, any time you meet an applicant and you get a gut feeling that something is not right, don’t hand over the keys. Always make enough inquiries before leasing out your property.