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?

A cement pathway leads to a beige house with Mediterranean styling, near where Hoffman Realty offers their Tampa background screening process

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

REVIEWS

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5.0/5
Sep 23, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Ronda
I've been a Hoffman Realty client for more than 10 years managing my first home as a rental. Everything from lease negotiation, maintenance, excellent record keeping and prompt rental payments. They took care of EVERYTHING! Easy with no stress for me. I recently decided to sell the home in this great market and MaryAnn made the entire process smooth and painless. I would highly recommend Hoffman Realty and will be back as a customer when we are ready to buy again.
Hoffman Realty replied on Sep 24, 2022:
Thanks Ronda. I enjoyed every minute! We will miss you. 💕
Google
5.0/5
Sep 19, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Joshisterrific
Hoffman Realty helped us sell our home in Tampa. We worked with Amanda Coffman, and she went above and beyond for us to make the whole process much easier. She was knowledgeable, attentive, and prepared in executing a well thought out strategy for selling our house. We'll happily reccomend Hoffman Realty and Amanda to our friends and family in need of buying or selling their house.
Hoffman Realty replied on Sep 21, 2022:
We love having Amanda on our team. Thanks for the kind words.
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4.0/5
Sep 13, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Debby
I needed help for a rental. I now have the right direction.
Hoffman Realty replied on Sep 16, 2022:
I’m glad we could help!
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5.0/5
Aug 30, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Keh'ara
Mary Ann and her team have been exceptional. We rented out our home for some time before deciding to sell. Hoffman Realty's experience was invaluable to us during the process of preparing our home for tenants, committing to leasing the property, and all of the issues that arise during a tenancy. They maintained wonderful communication with me, our tenant, our HOA, and any service providers needed to repair an issue. Mary Ann made the process seamless for us. We highly recommend for all property management needs. Not only did they manage our property for a number of years, they were the team we went with to sell our home during a very interesting time in the market. Hoffman Realty was always professional and responsive during the process. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to work with them while we managed the investment of our home. I cannot recommend them enough!
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5.0/5
Aug 18, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Deborah
Hoffman Realty takes property rental to a new level. The level of professionalism coupled with a very responsive team, make for a great experience. I can’t say enough about what a pleasure it is to do business with them.
Google
5.0/5
Aug 16, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Jack
In a world full of awful (horrible) asset managers, Hoffman is a standout and should be a gold standard for others (Invitation, Progress, etc) to aspire to. With an integrated brokerage and third-party manager business model, they act upon seeing a virtuous cycle of enhancing the value of the ecosystem of buyers/sellers (owners/renters), not exploiting one side to the maximum dollar value. This is obviously the future of the industry and Hoffman is ahead of the curve. Overall a fair and professional process from beginning to end and I've been impressed by their investments in technology and proactive initiative.
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5.0/5
Aug 11, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Nancy
We live in Wesley Chapel and had Hoffman Realty list our home for us, which sold in three days! MaryAnn was so helpfulway every step of the way, from listing to closing. I'd higly recommend Hoffman Realty!
Google
5.0/5
Aug 4, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Marisol
Hoffman Realty is definitely the best real estate company in the Tampa Bay area!!! They maintain the properties in prime condition and always address any situation quickly to help their clients. We are very grateful for the wonderful support and service during all these years!!! Wonderful company and team!!!
Hoffman Realty replied on Aug 5, 2022:
Hi Marisol, Thank-you for your kind words. I hope the new AC system is working well and lowered your utility bills. MaryAnn
Google
5.0/5
Aug 1, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Cliif
Hoffman Realty managed a Property I have in Tampa. They did an excellent job. Any concerns I had were addressed promptly. Their statements were always timely and easy to access on line. Their on line service is great. I have Been a customer for 12yrs and always felt confident that they were managing my rental well. Jeanette is a Great person to work with and always very helpful. Hoffman realty highly recommended!!
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5.0/5
Jul 30, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Silvia
Have had the best experince from the moment I submitted my application to moving in !!
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5.0/5
Jul 14, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Harry
Shirley and Juan are a great maintenance team. They came I , assessed what needed to be done and completed the work in no time. VERY well done!
Google
5.0/5
Jun 15, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Evenson
Lori is the best! Please ask to speak with her.
Google
5.0/5
Jun 5, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Lionel
My wife and I recently purchased the home that we were renting through Hoffman Realty! I am so impressed with how seamlessly they handled the transaction! It was truly an amazingly smooth experience! I am also thankful for how supportive and attentive they were while we were renting. I cannot say enough good things about the team at Hoffman Realty LLC, they are true professionals!!!
Google
5.0/5
Jun 2, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Shirley
A business with integrity
Hoffman Realty replied on Oct 10, 2020:
Hi Shirley, Integrity is one of our core values so it means a lot that you noticed, MaryAnn
Google
5.0/5
May 26, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Brenda
Nina Vargas and I worked together for the best interest of our clients and she was very professional on Every step and super easy to work with. Definitely I will love to work with her again
Google
4.0/5
May 24, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Drew
As a tenant working with Hoffman Realty, I can't really complain. Some employees are helpful, some are forgetful, but overall the only gripe (which they have felt and understood as well) has been with the owner of the property and not the managers themselves. However, one of the maintenance employees, Daniel, goes above and beyond the usual maintenance routine that's expected while renting. He has, without asking and from day one, made himself personally available at all hours of the day to try and remedy maintenance issues. Landlords accepting, he's on top of every job and follows them through and after. Really has been the saving grace of the tenancy. Thanks, Daniel!
Google
5.0/5
May 7, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Mike
I can`t say enough about Hoffman Realty! I have had several property managers in the past and there is no comparison. They found great tenants for our home and handled every phone call and maintenance issue. We would highly recommend them if you are looking for a professial property management team.
Google
5.0/5
Apr 26, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Geoffrey
I can't say enough positive things about Hoffman Realty and my experience with ALL of the staff. Always professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt. I especially want to give 5 Star compliments to Nibea (Nina) Vargas who is a truly extraordinary realty specialist. I am so lucky to have found Nina and couldn't be happier with the service and results that she has provided. She is a truly top notch realtor who is willing to fight for you and with an in-depth knowledge of the greater Tampa market. Couldn't ask for more and would highly recommend.
Google
5.0/5
Apr 25, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Min
Hoffman Realty is the best thing happened when I decided to rent my house. MaryAnn and the entire Hoffman team are amazing. They took great care of my house and rented it out in no time, while I am in Canada. Thanks to MaryAnn and her team, Nina, Jeanette for constantly in touch, providing me all the details, took care of my house in my absence. Special shout-out to Daniel Nichols who did such an awesome job taking care of my property, did the repair and took charge of upgrading my house, so I could have peace of mind. A big thank you Daniel. I highly recommend Hoffman Realty for Property Management as the level of professionalism and care is beyond top notch.
Google
5.0/5
Apr 14, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Jennifer
My husband and I rent one of the houses that Hoffman Realty manages and Doreen worked very hard for us to get the home owners to approve to replace all the screens on the pool Lanai. The screens are in horrible condition. At first the homeowners would only agree to replace a few of the panels but with Doreen's persistence, they finally agreed to replace the entire screen. THANK YOU SO MUCH DOREEN!! We truly appreciate you!!!
Google
5.0/5
Apr 14, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Sarah
I work with Hoffman as a vendor and I love working with Daniel Nichols he is a person that gets it all done with no hesitation. Love working with the company because of all the help of Daniel gives and welling to give if needed. His personality and work ethics is great always ready to help and do what it takes to get the job taken care of so thank u very much Daniel and Hoffman Realty for always getting the job done
Google
5.0/5
Apr 13, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Heather
Daniel is absolutely amazing! You can tell he truly has a passion for what he does. His communication skills are extremely incredible!
Google
5.0/5
Apr 7, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Eileen
We couldn't be happier with the service/quick responses we have received over many years. Putting our property and tenants, into the hands of the Hoffman team, offers us peace of mind, and lack of stress.
Google
5.0/5
Mar 24, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Amanda
I have been working with Hoffman Realty since 2019. We were moving out of state and wanted to rent our home. Their property managers did a fantastic job taking care of all the details that go along with renting a property. As we were out of state, I really needed someone I could rely on to take care of everything. They certainly took care of our home. We just recently sold the property and Mary Ann took great care in making the process smooth and easy. I would recommend Hoffman Realty both for managing a property and for selling a home.
Google
5.0/5
Mar 2, 2022
Google Hoffman Realty Lonna
Hoffman Realty has managed two properties for us over the past 9 years. They have been with us every step of the way through ownership and recent sale. They are knowledgeable of the market, professional and patient. When our property was in a path of a hurricane, they had contingency plans to keep us informed as we live in a different state. Perhaps the most positive attribute is the continuity of the team. It has been a pleasure working with the same people over the past decade. I will miss this positive working relationship.

FAQ

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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