How can I find out if a landlord is a slumlord?
10 quick and easy ways to check out a landlord
Before you move into any rental property you should do some background check on your potential new landlord. Most potential renters will not know if their landlord is a slumlord. A landlord will usually pull your credit and maybe even ask for references so why should you not do the same. It is relatively easy to do a cursory check on any landlord. Here are a few quick and easy ways to start and find out if this landlord is a slumlord.
- Google your landlords name, his corporate name and the address of the property and see what you come up with.
- After that google all the names again with the word “complaint” written after them.
- Reach out to current tenants. So if it is an apartment building see if you can ask a few tenants about the condition of their apartments, the building and if things get repaired in a timely manner. This is one of the best ways to get great information.
- You can call your local housing authority to check on a landlord and/or his properties.
- Contact the better business bureau to see if there are any complaints.
- Reach out to local tenant associations. They will generally know who is a slumlord.
- Go to local county clerks office and see if the landlord owns any other properties that you can check on.
- Visit local courthouse and ask how you look up lawsuits. Put in his name and corporate name and see if anything come up.
- Call a local real estate broker and ask about the landlord.
- Go to HUD.gov and look up a local housing agency who may have information regarding your landlord.
It is always a good idea to check up on your landlord. There are landlords that will not do repairs, provide inadequate security, harass tenants or that fail return security deposits. If you know this you can avoid potential headaches by not renting from them.