A trying time for most Tampa landlords is when the property becomes vacant. You feel the need to fill it up quickly to restore the continuous flow of rental income. During that period, most owners are often tempted to lease the asset to the first tenant that shows even the slightest interest.
Experience, however, proves that no matter how eager you may be to get a renter, any prudent landlord should take the time to screen every person interested in leasing the property.
The screening is not a one-time activity, as most landlords presume, but rather an ongoing process that starts the minute your property becomes vacant and goes on until the right candidate signs the lease and moves into the property.