Don’t spend money on credit, criminal and eviction checks until after screening current and prior landlords. Recently, a prospective tenant filled out a rental application for a studio. She presented her pay-stub and driver’s license while the application was reviewed.
The next morning, her application was sent to the prior landlord who stated that she was not a leaseholder. Over the phone, Jane (not her real name) stated that her mother was on the lease but she paid the majority of the rent.