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Landlords should use all available tools to avoid crime in their units

Aug 30, 2011 Matt Roesly

It's important for landlords to take necessary precautions prior to renting an apartment in order to avoid possible legal issues. WREX-TV reports that the Rockford Apartment Association of Loves Park, Illinois, is attempting to provide landlords with the right tools to ensure crime doesn't take place on their properties. Thomas Wartowski, RAA attorney, explains to the news source that landlords must be knowledgeable about how to evict a problem tenant. He points out that there doesn't necessary have to be a conviction or an arrest to evict, just criminal conduct. He adds that performing a background check on each tenant is of the utmost importance. "By far the most important thing a landlord can do is thoroughly screen prospective tenants check their criminal background [and] credit history," Wartowski told the media outlet. Many potential tenants utilize Craigslist as a platform to find apartments. NBC Montana reports that a rental applications for an apartment that doesn't include a credit or background check is a clear warning sign that the unit may not be legitimate.