I'm about at wits end with the bills, and am entertaining renting out my finished basement to a tenant, but keep hearing more and more horror stories of dead beet renters. In Michigan, it takes months to remove somone from your home without pay, and many large paperwork fees to start the eviction process. So naturally I want to proceed with extreme caution and pick the right person. How would one screen for the right candidate? How do you protect your items in the house from one day coming home to an empty home?