RE: Pre-decision scrutiny (immediately prior or well in advance)???
It's tenant scrutiny. So imagine a friend asking your opinion on a house he's thinking of renting. He has to decide tomorrow if he wants it. He says he can just about afford it and it's on his bus route for work. That's all he knows, so that's all you know.
Imagine if you'd had time to visit the place, chat to the neighbours and check the furnishing and running costs, comparative rents, community facilities, crime stats, flood risk etc. You could have added so much more value to his decision-making.