Tenants from Hell: 5 Telltale Signs to Look for While Screening Renters

Pat Hiban
Pat Hiban
Dec 6, 2018 · 3 min read
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Property managers have many important responsibilities, but none more important than screening potential renters. When they drop the ball on this one, leasing to tenants from hell becomes a frighteningly real possibility.

Fortunately, screening renters is a fairly straightforward process, and warning signs make it easy to identify and avoid problem tenants — if you know what to look for.

Recent Real Estate Rockstars guest James Wise runs one of the largest brokerages in Cleveland, The Holton-Wise Property Group. Over the years, he’s helped place hundreds of renters for clients, and he knows exactly what to avoid when it comes to problem tenants.

In the podcast below, James shares what can happen when landlords lease to a tenant from hell. To discover what red flags to look for during the screening process, read on.

5 Red Flags to Look for While Screening Renters


It doesn’t matter what they say about the circumstances surrounding the eviction. Renters with past evictions are far more likely than renters who have never been evicted to cause you headaches, so it’s in your best interest to avoid them entirely.




One of the best ways to avoid costly repairs when a tenant’s lease is up is to simply avoid tenants with several pets.


More Signs of Tenants from Hell

If you’re already dealing with a terrible tenant and need help getting them out of your property, listen to Pat’s podcast interview with James Wise. In it, James discusses the eviction process in detail and shares some of his experiences evicting tenants from hell.

Pat Hiban is the author of NYT best selling book “6 steps to 7 figures — A Real Estate Professional’s Guide to Building Wealth and Creating Your Destiny”, founder of Rebus University and the host of Pat Hiban Interviews Real Estate Rockstars an Agent to Agent Real Estate Radio Podcast with Hiban Digital in Baltimore, Maryland. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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