Types of Tenants to Avoid
While carrying out my landlord background check, I have found that if the tenant seems to be doing all the work at making the conversation flow, then this could be someone who has developed social skills to manipulate others.
At the opposite extreme, if it feels like you have to do at least some of the work at making the conversation flow, then the tenant is much less likely to be "volatile" later on.
Another thing I have noticed is that lawyers with cats tend to be highly problematic. It is as if they are love addicts with wild mood swings that have no interpersonal relationships. Consequently, they tend to scan the rental situation for any leverage that they can use to blackmail the landlord into giving various concessions.
It is crucial to interview their social references before accepting them. If they list a parent and the head of their law firm as their only social references or if their friends sound downtrodden and depressed, then you are likely to have a very abusive tenant.