I am subletting my place to someone on craigslist for the first time. The potential tenant and I have a dilemma.
The tenant does not want to give me a check (with a security deposit and first months rent) until I give them the keys and they move in. The tenant is concerned that I will run off with the check and not provide a room if they give it to me before they move in.
However, my concern is that the tenant gives me a check that won't clear. The tenant could squat in my house or steel my belongings. Having the security deposit beforehand would help protect me from this.
How should I proceed in this situation? What is the best practice? Is there a good way to ensure the tenant I am not going to defraud them?