Hopefully, you’ve taken the time to create a descriptive listing on Furnished Finder or Travel Nurse Housing and added in some great high quality photos to really sell your space. Now it is time to review each applicant and narrow down your choices. The best approach is to create a list of criteria that will help you quickly and fairly eliminate candidates. Here are a few things to consider:
Length of contract: The typical travel nurse contract is 13 weeks, so you can expect a lot of requests for a three month rental period. Most nurses will be willing to sign some sort of lease agreement that lines up with their contract, but others may prefer month-to-month. It is up to you to decide if you are willing to work with shorter lease agreements or not.
Credit score: You may also want to take a look at their credit score and see whether they are carrying a lot of debt and have trouble paying other bills on time. How much weight this score carries in the decision making process is completely up to you.
Criminal background check: Some landlords don’t mind renting to tenants with a record as long as any incidents occurred well in the past. The good thing about renting to travel nurses is they have to maintain a professional license and go through regular background checks for each contract, so in the event that they have anything on record it is likely to be minor.
References: Be sure to ask for references and follow-up by calling the tenant’s previous landlords. You want to see if former landlords would be willing to rent to that tenant again. This is especially helpful if a nurse is bringing a pet and you want to make sure they are responsible pet owners.
Other: You may have your own criteria when it comes to evaluating and eliminating applicants. Make a list of what you do and do not want to allow on your property and stick to it to ensure you have a positive experience as a landlord.
By narrowing your market to travel nurses and other professionals you are already dealing with more reliable tenants than most landlords. Having a solid application process and expectations for your applicants just makes the whole process that much easier long term.