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What are the advantages to the landlord, if any, to leasing

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What are the advantages to the landlord, if any, to leasing a home to a corporation? What information should we request in lieu of a credit report?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Richard replied 6 years ago.

Good evening. Actually, there are no advantages to the landlord; rather, the disadvantage is that the corporation is a limited liability entity and usually the person is leasing through a corporation to avoid personal liability for the lease. As a landlord, you would want to not only have the corporation on the lease, but also require the individual owners of the corporation to personally guarantee the lease on behalf of the corporation. You would also want to check the credit of both the corporation and the individual owners.



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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
The individual has offered a good faith letter from the state and a letter from the bank verifying her account is in good standing. Do these carry the same weight as a credit report?
Expert:  Richard replied 6 years ago.
No...those are meaningless....the good standing certificate from the state simply means that the corporation has paid its franchise taxes for the year, which can be nothing if the corporation has no activity; and the letter from the bank only indicates the corporation has an account.