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The Trustworthiness Of Prospective Tenants

A few days ago I stumbled upon this article in the NY Times and it got me thinking about the different ways some of my clients (and myself) pick the best possible tenants to rent apartments to in the Glendale area.

The article obviously talks about how credit reporting agencies are essentially changing the substance of their reports to better identify low-risk and trustworthy consumers. Now, a person’s rent payments, bounced checks, broken leases and such will have an impact on their credit score.

Why should an apartment owner care?

With the onslaught of foreclosures and bankruptcies that took place over the last couple of years, many former homeowners are left with damaged credit. Most of them were forced to rent somewhere, but had to get “creative” with signing a lease because most landlords won’t accept someone with the amount of debt they have. The changes being made to credit reports now will help landlords identify the good tenants from the bad tenants without wasting much time.

For example, a young lady I recently showed an apartment unit of ours to in Glendale, CA had absolutely terrible credit stacked with delinquent accounts, huge debt and so on. She also mentioned that she’d be breaking out of her lease to rent the unit because her job simply wouldn’t cover her rent there. On the flip side, I had an older gentlemen who had just been foreclosed on and suffered through a tough divorce from his wife of 30 years. His credit score was also butchered, but it was because of his foreclosure and bankruptcy. He had the same decent job for the last 10 years and was making more than enough to cover rent. So, who’s the obvious winner?

We’re going to be dealing with “bad credit tenants” for years to come because of the financial situation. That just means we’ll have to find the honest and trustworthy ones to work with in order to keep our investments in the green.

What other leasing challenges have you faced as an apartment owner/manager?

The Advantages of Investing in Non Rent Control Apartments in Burbank CA

Burbank offers many conveniences to potential residents, making it one of the more sought after residential areas of the region. That is part of the reason that the real estate market is making a comeback in this region of the state. Less than 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles, it offers a great location for those working in LA and the surrounding area, whether the daily commute will be made via driving or by using public transportation. The desirability of living in this region is just one of the advantages of investing in non rent control apartments in Burbank CA.

Apartment investments in Burbank CA have the opportunity to offer a solid return on a person’s investment, because there are so many reasons why people seek homes in this area. All of the conveniences of being near a big city are available — employment opportunities, excellent schools, museums and other cultural experiences, fine dining, shopping, high quality medical care, etc. — yet many Burbank neighborhoods have managed to keep a hold of that small town atmosphere. Burbank is a place that people like to come home to at the end of a busy urban day.

People invest their money because they want to earn a reasonable return on their investment. And, the primary advantage to investing in non rent control apartments in Burbank CA is the freedom to determine what that return will be for yourself, rather than being limited by rent control agreements. It’s not at all unreasonable to want to have as much control as possible over your investment and it’s potential. According to recent statistics from the Realty Times, apartment vacancies are decreasing in the area as people continue to flow into the Burbank area looking for places to live.

Another advantage to making an investment in apartments in this area is that many people are choosing to downsize. Older couples, for example, often prefer to sell their homes after the children are grown to free themselves from the costs and hassles associated with home ownership and maintenance. This is just one of several demographic trends towards apartment living that can be of benefit to those making apartment investments in Burbank CA. Talk to an experienced local realtor and see what opportunities Burbank holds for you.