Sarah Tadulala is what real estate agents regard a preferred tenant for properties available to rent. She has lived at Cairns One with her four children Zion, 5, Josiah, 7, Coco, 1, and Navaeh, 3, and her husband for 5 years. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKEWHETHER you’re a first time property investor or an old hand at it, choosing a tenant who is going to pay on time and look after your home will be an issue that raises its head again and again. While there is no foolproof method for finding a good renter, Ormsby Realty property consultant Bruce Holmes said there were definitely a few ways to improve your chances of making a great choice.It may take a lot of time to read over the legal aspects of renting a house, but it’s something Mr Holmes said was vital. Sarah Tadulala is what real estate agents regard a preferred tenant for properties available to rent. She has lived at Cairns One with her four children Zion, 5, Josiah, 7, Coco, 1, and Navaeh, 3, and her husband for 5 years. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE“By law you cannot discriminate against an applicant based on race, colour, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation or family status. All prospective tenants must be treated equally,” he said.“It sounds simple but you really also need to choose a tenant with a good credit rating.“You want a tenant who won’t have any trouble paying the rent. You should verify the income of the prospective tenant by asking for pay slips. “You might like to follow up with their employer to confirm their employment, length of employment and attendance record. “Make sure the prospect can afford to pay the required bond as well as the appropriate amount of rent in advance.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe Residential Tenancies Authority holds a copy of each renter’s history and a property manager should check this.“Resist the temptation to give someone a go,” said Mr Holmes.“It’s better to wait a little longer to get the best tenants for your property. It’s a good idea to have your property professionally managed. “Your property manager will have a set process in place to check the applicant’s previous rental history and they will know the right questions to ask. Choosing the right tenants for your property will go a long way to ensuring a trouble-free tenancy.” There could also be problems if there are too many tenants for the type of property. “Refusing to rent to two adults with an infant for a one-bedroom unit could be considered discriminatory, but refusing to rent to two adults with a teenager for the same unit would be considered reasonable,” Mr Holmes said. Cairns One residents Sarah and Semi Tadulala and their four children have rented in the Westcourt complex for seven years and say it’s a tough market for tenants in the city. Mrs Tadulala said when they have had to move they’ve been faced with places that get snapped up in a day or have 10 applications after they’ve just been listed.“I do find the rental market for nice properties that are not extreme in price and suitable for families a bit difficult,” she said.“But I always like to look after the home as if it were my own home. I am quite particular on how I keep it clean, I value it and look after it. If the landlords know that, they’ll appreciate that and keep you there.“We don’t have a huge income, but we have savings, and we have a good track record – we never miss a payment.”The family have got the knack to being good tenants down pat after having travelled and lived all over the world including in England as Mr Tadulala followed his rugby league career.