Background Screening

For Rental Homes

Tampa Background Screening for Rental Homes

It is critical to make the right decisions when selecting renters for your rental property, as your future depends on predicting the future behavior of your renter.

The Tampa background screening process Hoffman Realty uses is one of the most important steps in ensuring your property has a quality tenant.

Hoffman Realty conducts the most thorough renter background screening of any Professional Property Management company.

Don’t settle for less. Compare our 11-step Background Screening chart below or call us Toll Free at (888)-643-4549.

We distinguish applicant behavior by asking these 4 behavioral questions:

~Are you who you say you are?
~Can this applicant afford to live here?
~Does this applicant have a history of paying their bills?
~Is this applicant a desirable neighbor and trustworthy of the property?

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11-Step Background Screening

The Best Predictor of Future Behavior…is Past Behavior

With our Tampa background screening process, we conduct a thorough applicant background check for your investment property.

Behavior Triggers Solution Hoffman Realty Company A Company B
Are you who you say you are? 1. Obtain Government Issued Identification
2. Social Security Number Verification
Can this applicant afford to live here? 3. Income/Employment Verification
4. Credit Report
Does this applicant have a history of paying their bills? 5. Credit Score
6. Review of Landlord and Utility Debt/Bankruptcy/Foreclosure/Tax Liens/Collections/Legal Items
7. National Eviction Search
Is this applicant a desirable neighbor and trustworthy of the property? 8. Prior Landlord Verification
9. National Criminal Search
10. National Sex Offender Search
11. International Terrorist Database Search


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537 Reviews

Jun 1, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Sonali
This is my first time living in a house rental managed by property management and I must say it’s been stress fee thus far thanks to Hoffman property management. From the start Jeanette Hardy has always been very quick at responding to helping take care of any issues that have come up. Highly recommend using Hoffman as a property management for your home!
May 31, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Deborah
I'm a new renter at a Hoffman Realty property managed by Stacy Jordan. As well presented as my unit was, there were a few issues upon moving in - things that needed repair or maintenance. I reached out to Stacy, and through the Property Meld portal, she immediately resolved every issue in an incredibly timely manner. She and her team were professional and expedient. I could not have asked for a better outcome. I will live here more comfortably knowing I can rely on Stacy and Hoffman Realty with any future hiccups that may occur.
May 26, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Rick
Great people, you want the best look no further.
May 23, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Gerald
Nina w/ Hoffman Realty provided outside support during the rental process of my house. She provided routine updates as she screened potential residents and ultimately found the right tenants for my property. If you are in search for a property manager, Nina from Hoffam is your girl!!
May 19, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Lupe
The gentleman was great and very professional and pleasant
May 11, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Annamalai
I am a renter in a property managed by Hoffman realty. This company is highly professional in this business and everything was smooth and it was easy to approach them for any issues or concerns. I was helped by Stacey Jordan and she is very knowledgeable, courteous,proficient and friendly. She was there to assist and follow up for the closure of all my concerns . I would highly recommend this company.
May 1, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Marisol
Hoffman Realty is the best real estate company in the Tampa Bay area!!! Their service is great, always responding quickly to help with any situation that we encounter. We are very grateful for their support all these years!!
Hoffman Realty replied on May 2, 2023:
Hi Marisol, Thank-you for your kind words. I hope the new AC system is working well and lowered your utility bills. MaryAnn
Apr 29, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Dylan
Very grateful for the service that Nina and Benji gave me, they treated me with a 5-star service that was very cordial and with a lot of attention. They helped me through the entire process step by step and they did it quickly and efficiently. Definitely 100% recommended.
Apr 28, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Tiffany
We are very happy with the service Hoffman has provided. Stacy Jordan went over everything thoroughly before we moved in and the few things that needed to be addressed were handled quickly.
Mar 13, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Jarrell
Hoffman Realty LLC, Stacy Jordan, the property manager, is one of the best property managers I had to deal with. She responds to calls and maintenance matters in a 24 hour or less time frame. After we turned in our Move-In Inspection Sheet, 2 days later, the maintenance personnel was at our house. Thank you for the quick repairs in our new rental house.
Mar 11, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Meagan
Mrs Nina and Mrs Stacy was amazing, very professional, top notch people skills. Thank you ladies for all your help you made our move very easy, we wasn't stressed out every question we had you answered. Your a blessing!!! WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!!! YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED!
Feb 28, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Paula
Thank you Dennis for the prompt service and your expertise. Took care of our problem fast!
Feb 23, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Moe
I had issues using the self tour option and Nina was great and helped me out. She reached out in a timely manner, met me at the property so I was able to do a walk through and submit my application and assisted along the way until everything was approved and I was able to move in. So far working with Nina and Hoffman Realty has exceeded my expectations.
Feb 23, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Hillarie
My husband and I rented a property manager by Hoffman Realty. The process was quick and easy. We had the great pleasure of working with Stacy throughout the process, her communication was great and she made us feel comfortable understanding the documents we were signing. Even after moving in she still kept in touch with us to make sure we had no problems moving in and things were as we expected them to be. From the application process to picking up the keys we had a great experience overall with this office and Stacy in specific. If you are in the market for a rental property or purchase we highly recommend Hoffman Realty!
Feb 10, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Rae
Nina was amazing! Totally recommend this company.
Feb 10, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty John
Renting through Hoffman was a breeze. It was very simple to view, and rent this property once I got Nina Ortiz phone. Once I saw the beautiful property, she quickly guided me through the application process. I’ll be in my new home next month.
Feb 10, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Zanethia
Great company to work for, Nina helped me with the process of becoming a vendor, she was very nice and likes to help people. The office staff is amazing. Thank you Hoffman
Feb 9, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Byron
Nina Ortiz was very knowledgeable and SUPER patient with me. Due to my time frame in needing to find a place to live she had to constantly go over what I would need in order to secure that space for me before I became homeless. Thank you very much Nina!
Feb 9, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Janet
Very pleasant and professional experience. As a real estate professional and working with a client from out of state it is very important to have good Communication skills. Nina Vargas demostrated a high level of profesionalism, knowledge and good communication skills. She helped us through the rental approval process and now my clients are very happy and grateful to finally have a place to relocate to continue his active military service here in Florida. Thank you Nina Vargas, I look forward to working with you again in the near future. Janet Quinones
Jan 20, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty Donna
Nina Ortiz was great to work with! She walked us through each step of the process to find a cute bungalow in our favorite neighborhood. She honored her word and looked after the interests of the owner and us. Not always easy to do. Thanks Nina - we look forward to working with you in the future!
Jan 3, 2023
Google Hoffman Realty David
Professional and easy to deal with.
Dec 17, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Daya
MaryAnn , Jeanette and her staff are very professional, prompt, friendly, detail oriented and very responsive. I highly recommend Hoffman Realty for any of your Real Estate needs.
Hoffman Realty replied on Dec 18, 2022:
Hi Daya, Thank you for the kind words about MaryAnn and our Team, Andrew
Dec 3, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Ertan
The BEST estate n Tampa area I ever seen they work for you and give me fully positive energy. This Company make me Happy thanks sir ☺🙏 EDDIE
Oct 15, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Adriana
Good Job thank you
Oct 8, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty James
Hoffman Realty removes all stress and worry with owning a rental. Highly responsive, high integrity and easy to work with.
Hoffman Realty replied on Aug 12, 2021:
Hi James, You are an awesome landlord that cares about your property and your renters. We love working for you, Andrew


What insurance do I need as a Landlord?

For hazard coverage, you will need a “Dwelling Policy” for your house or a “Rented to Others” Rider for your condo. For liability coverage, make sure you have sufficient general liability coverage in your hazard policy or through a separate commercial liability policy.

If you are new to being a landlord, you should consult with your insurance agent to ensure you are properly protected.

How should a landlord hold escrow?

If your tenant gives you a security deposit, or advance rent, these funds must go into escrow. In Florida, it is best to open a separate bank account to hold escrow as the law requires that these funds not be commingled with your personal funds. The law dictates this account should be at a “Florida banking institution” and, if you choose an interest-bearing account, 75% of the interest, or 5% of the funds deposited, must be paid to your tenant.

What is a Stipulation?

A Stipulation is a court-approved Payment Plan for a tenant that has fallen behind on their rent payments to their Landlord. It is a way to avoid completing an eviction for your tenants who are serious about getting caught up.

Should I accept pets?

Almost 80% of renters in the Tampa Bay area have a pet, so landlords that promote a “no pet” policy miss a huge number of potential renters. If you limit the pool of potential renters, it takes longer to rent your property. Allowing the right kind of pets reduces your vacancy losses by ensuring that your property stays occupied and rented.

Should you rent your property furnished or unfurnished?

Typically short-term rentals are offered furnished as they are used for vacation or corporate housing. However, long-term rentals are typically offered unfurnished, because most long-term renters have their own furniture. In our experience, only a very small number of renters are looking for a furnished long-term rental in the Tampa Bay area, so it will take you a long time to find a long-term renter if you only offer your property furnished.

Should I rent my property without a background check?

All landlords want to rent their property to good tenants. The only effective (and legal) way to know if your potential new tenants will be good neighbors and trustworthy of your property is to perform a thorough background check. This should include credit, criminal, sex-offender, income, and prior landlord references. It’s better to leave your property vacant than to rent to the wrong person.

If You’re a Landlord with Questions, We’ve Got Answers

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~Understand how to increase your profits
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~Discover the value a Tampa property manager can bring
~How Landlords Must Hold Escrow
~Earning Positive Cash Flow
~Commanding Top Dollar for Your Rental
~Maintenance and Inspections
~Why You Need Landlord Insurance
~Finding Tenants with Hoffman Realty

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