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Security Considerations.

Screening for safety.

September 11, 2001 forced our communities to think carefully about screening tenants, vendors and other visitors to residential and commercial properties. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to the security of your own properties.

New Tenants

The Fair Housing Act requires that application and qualification procedures are consistent and non-discriminatory:

  • Verify the identification provided by prospective residents
  • Require original documents (not photocopies) to prove identity
  • Verify prior addresses against credit, criminal, and reference checks
  • Resolve 'gaps' in previous addresses of record
  • Verify the accuracy of visa and work history records provided
  • Note any individual or group renting multiple units at the same time

Service Vendors

Consider requiring contractors to screen their employees for prior criminal history and have them bonded.

Vendors engaged by an owner or tenant should be required to provide valid identification and purpose for all visits. Appointments and scope of work should be pre-confirmed.