Unlike most car payments and mortgage payments that show up on a Tenants credit history, Rental Payments usually do not. Now there are exceptions to every rule but the majority of Landlords do not subscribe to a credit reporting agency to report a Tenants rental payment history. That creates the need for another way to find out if a Potential Tenant has a good payment record or if the Tenant has a history of owing large sums of money prior to moving out, sometimes just hours before the Sherriff shows up to remove them.
Most Tenants are good people who adhere to the lease or rental agreement. But bad things do happen to good people and just one eviction does not make a Tenant a Deadbeat. A deadbeat/professional tenant is someone who has no intention of paying rent, will milk the judicial system to gain as many free months as possible, trash a rental unit and purposely cause damage to rental units when vacating.
OklahomaDeadbeats.com was created for Oklahoma Landlords to be able to search for and list Deadbeat Renters and Professional Tenants who prey on Oklahoma Landlords. Members of the Tulsa Real Estate Investors Association (Tulsa REIA) have requested a way to warn each other about Deadbeats who have caused severe damages and left owing large sums of money to unsuspecting Landlords, so Tulsa REIA created the Oklahoma Deadbeat Tenant List for the Oklahoma Landlords Association.
Once you are logged in to TulsaREIA.com you can view and search the list. Click Here for the List
What is a Deadbeat?
1. One who does not pay one's debts.
2. A lazy person; a loafer.
1. Not fulfilling one's obligations or paying one's debts. slang
What is a Professional Tenant?
One who knows more about the Landlord/Tenant Law than most lawyers and uses it to their advantage to cause the Landlord to exhaust several months and large sums of money to get them out of the property.
The Oklahoma Deadbeat Tenant List is designed to make it easy for Landlords to report information on Tenants. Whether the information is positive or negative, it can be a source of reference for Landlords in Oklahoma. We can inform Tenants from the start that we search the Oklahoma Deadbeat Tenant List and also add Deadbeat Tenants to it. The fact is, Tenants are more careful with payments that will reflect on their record. As a Landlord, you are now in a position to give the Tenant another incentive to prioritize the rent and have it paid before the tenant's other bills.
The Oklahoma Deadbeat Tenant List is not meant to be a way to punish bad Tenants, but rather an effective tool for enforcing your lease right from the start and warn other Landlords of Deadbeat Tenants in Oklahoma.