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

REVIEWS

4.9 /5
399 Reviews

Jun 16, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty A
Hoffman Realty is an excellent property management team in Tampa Bay. From the beginning we received help with the leasing process from MaryAnn, Jeanette is doing an outstanding job of managing our property and Pamela is sending helpful accounting reports on monthly basis. Thank you all for making the leasing process comfortable, professional and easy! Very highly recommended to family and friends.
Jun 14, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Kelly
Amanda Coffman and the entire Hoffman Realty team come through again with quick and efficient resolution to our mechanical problem.
Hoffman Realty replied on Jul 16, 2018:
Thanks Kelly, We appreciate your feedback on Amanda and how we are doing. Andrew
Jun 14, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Jennifer
I tell everyone how happy I am with Hoffman Realty. I know my home is in the best of hands with Amanda. I don't live in the area anymore, and as a former tenant myself, I am very appreciative of how they take care of my tenants. They are quick to respond to any emergencies and never dodge calls. They will be in charge of my town home as long as I own it.
Hoffman Realty replied on Jun 15, 2019:
Hi Jennifer, Thank you for your kind words about Amanda and Hoffman Realty, MaryAnn
Jun 14, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Kathryn
Amanda is a wonderful CSR. She is always helpful and very prompt in her replies. She is just a joy to work with. Solid five stars!
Hoffman Realty replied on Jun 15, 2019:
H Kathryn, Thank-you for your kind words about Amanda. Andrew
Jun 13, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Kerry
Easy turnover for me as a remote home owner. I aim to have safe and comfortable housing for my amazing tenants. Screening is very important; management is key to success. Thanks, Pamela Pagel, for managing all the moving parts.
Hoffman Realty replied on Jun 14, 2019:
Hi Kerry, Thank you for you nice review of Hoffman Realty and Pamela, Andrew
Jun 11, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Cathy
Hoffman has managed 5 properties for me fr approx. 11 years. I've not had one real issue with them. Dave Hartmann Falls Church, VA.
Hoffman Realty replied on Jun 12, 2019:
Hi Cathy, Thank-you for the 5 Star review. I just looked up how long we have been working for you and David and I was surprized to find it is almost 10-years. How time flies when we have great clients like you. Andrew
May 21, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Chris
MaryAnn Hoffman is a true professional that works extremely hard to serve her clients. I highly recommend her company
Hoffman Realty replied on May 19, 2019:
Hi Chris, We really appreciate your nice feedback, MaryAnn
May 20, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Sait
Great Customer Service !!!! A+
Hoffman Realty replied on May 20, 2019:
Hi Sait, Thank you for your nice feedback, Andrew
May 20, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Remy
MaryAnn and her team have managed our townhouse since 2012. We have appreciated all their work and efforts in maintaining and renting our townhouse, and they have been our representatives since we are out of state. Especially in terms of paperwork and ensuring a smooth process for everyone involved. They have always encouraged only the best path for us as landlords. Thank you!!!
Hoffman Realty replied on May 21, 2019:
Hi Remy, Thank you for the kind words about MaryAnn and Hoffman Realty LLC. We really enjoyed working for you. Andrew
May 16, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Keith
Hoffman Realty LLC has managed our property for more than 2 years now and Mary Ann, Jeanette and the entire Hoffman Realty team has been very responsive to the concerns regarding our property. It’s not often that a customer can directly contact the company owner (Mary Ann) and feel how genuinely she was about finding the best workable solution to a perceived negative encounter that we had with the company. Hoffman Realty does a great job in developing an honest relationship with its customers and is very responsive to our needs. We would recommend Hoffman Realty LLC to family and friends alike. Continue the good work. Thank you for being outstanding professionals in the property management community.
Hoffman Realty replied on May 17, 2019:
Hi Keith, We really appreciate having you as a client and your feedback means a lot to me personally. Thank you for your kind words and for being an awesome landlord! MaryAnn

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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~Earning Positive Cash Flow
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~Maintenance and Inspections
~Why You Need Landlord Insurance
~Finding Tenants with Hoffman Realty

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