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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Aug 22, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Grace
Hoffman Realty managed a Property we had 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 very good. When it came time to sell the property, it was sold in a short time. Many thanks to all the Hoffman Realty team.
Aug 21, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Che
I don't regret my choice to go with Hoffman Realty to manage my property. They were very professional and made sure my house was well maintained. After 5 years as my property manager, my house was so well maintained that when it came time to sell I didn't have to repair anything. Thank you for taking such great care of our house and us as customers.
Jul 27, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Tammy
I highly recommended Hoffman Realty. They were my property managers for almost 3 years and it was a good experience from beginning to end. MaryAnn, Amanda and Pamela were fantastic to work with-very professional, helpful and courteous. This is a great company to work with!
Hoffman Realty replied on Jul 28, 2019:
Hi Tammy, Thank you very much. We enjoyed working for you over the last 3 years, MaryAnn
Jul 21, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty J
If you want your rental properties in safe hands, I recommend Hoffman Realty LLC. Hoffman Realty LLC has managed my property for 4 years. The staffs are there ready to help their customers, and you can feel a great team work there. I am so pleased to choose Hoffman Reality.
Hoffman Realty replied on Jul 22, 2019:
Hi Jingtao, Thank you for your kind words. We really appreciate it, MaryAnn
Jul 12, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Nichole
MaryAnn and her team made my transition from young homeowner to landlord so easy. I was incredibly nervous about the process, but she and her team handled everything and gave me peace of mind. When I decided I wanted to sell my place, she and her team handled everything seamlessly as well. Being out of state now, I was concerned about the distance, but it proved to be no problem for them. Her team is always professional and responsive. Thanks, Hoffman Realty!
Hoffman Realty replied on Jul 13, 2019:
Hi Nichole, We are so glad that we could could help you through the process. Thank you for the nice words about the Hoffman Realty team! MaryAnn
Jul 6, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Anita
Excellent work all very kind efficient especially victor Olvera always willing to help very kind people are great blessing from heaven that there are people like that I am very happy and grateful with this agency and all it’s staff GOD blessings
Hoffman Realty replied on Jul 9, 2019:
Hi Anita, Thank you for your feedback about us and especially Victor. It is important to us to treat people the way we would want to be treated. Thanks again, Andrew
Jul 4, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Linda
Hoffman Realty went above and beyond to see to it we got the house we wanted. We are so appreciative for all your help. They have been there for anything we needed. What a great team they have.
Hoffman Realty replied on Jul 5, 2019:
Hi Linda, Thank you very much. We are looking forward to working with you. Andrew
Jun 21, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Anthony
I wanted to let everyone know how happy I am with Hoffman Realty. They have been really great in taking care of my property and tenants. Pamela Pagel is extremely helpful whenever i have questions about my statements. What a wonderful team to work with!
Hoffman Realty replied on Jun 15, 2019:
Hi Anthony, Thank you for the kind words about us and especially Pamela. Andrew
Jun 20, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Ron
Got a call from Hoffman last Friday, the 14th, early evening. Expected to hear the usual--tenant was complaining of...…. Turned out to be something new. Tenant's rent check bounced, though this had never happened in 4 years. The call had come from Pam Pagel, my Hoffman accountant, who just wanted to let me know why the monthly owner's draw would be late. I've had late draws before, but this was the first time I ever received a call pre-empting my concern. Thank you, Pamela Pagel!!!!!
Hoffman Realty replied on Jun 5, 2019:
Hi Ron, Thank you for the kind feedback on Pam. Andrew
Jun 19, 2019
Google Hoffman Realty Jennifer
We have been a tenant in a home managed by Hoffman Realty going on our 3rd year. Our main contact is Amanda Coffman and what a great experience it has been! Amanda responds immediately to any requests, arranges for items to be addressed immediately and follows up to see if we were satisfied with the results. She goes above and beyond for tenants and if I were an owner would feel like my property is in the best hands. Additionally, anyone we come into contact with from Hoffman Realty both in the office and out are professional, pleasant and make sure all issues are resolved to everyone's satisfaction. It truly makes us feel like home!
Hoffman Realty replied on Jun 9, 2019:
Hi Jennifer, We appreciate your feedback and especially the kind words about Amanda. Thank you, MaryAnn


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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