When looking for new tenants, many landlords must do careful research in order to ensure that they are getting people who will not only pay on time each month, but who also do not pose a threat to others. There are a multitude of resources available to those trying to rent out places to live. In Snohomish County, Washington, landlords can take advantage of tools provided by the local Snohomish County Apartment Operators Association, including access to forms, classes and other resources. The head of the SCAOA says that people need to be aware of what they must do when renting out a space, and this includes getting a proper background screening
. “Every year there are new people who become landlords and they don’t know what that means and what the requirements and responsibilities are,” Bryan Mize, a Realtor and chairman of SCAOA, said in an interview with the paper. “It’s vitally important that people are aware.” Many industry experts tout the importance of getting proper information about tenants. According to Stock Market Review, "Credit scores are a great predictor of future behavior as well as various data points such as Tenant Performance Reports, wage verification and previous landlord references. PM companies should provide you a full screening of the tenant to increase your chances of success."