I am and have been for quite some time a great advocate of both employee and ten- ant screening at self-storage facilities. The number one reason why I am a proponent, particularly of tenant screening, is that it helps you protect your investment by controlling the quality of those who rent at your facility, which allows you to keep the facility safe for your ten- ants. There are, however, some caveats about tenant screening, which you must be aware of before embarking on such a program.
Consistency Is The Key
If you are going to screen tenants, you must screen all of them. That is, you cannot decide to screen a tenant only when they look “shifty” or dangerous, and save the money when a suburban housewife wants to rent from you.