Screening a tenant is something that every landlord should consider as a must for any prospective tenant. Most of you work hard to pay for your rental property and keep it in good shape. You don’t want a tenant who has a history of causing a great deal of damage, or who is participating in illegal activities such as drug dealing.
There are landlords who don’t bother to use the services of a tenant screeening company. The common reasons to avoid screening a tenant are:
- Didn’t want the apartment to go vacant.
- Didn’t want to pay for the background check report.
- Felt that they could judge the character of the potential tenant.
- Didn’t want to go through the contract setup that a tenant screening service requires
Here are a few background services that operate online.
Each is a bit different and you should check with each to be sure their service meets your needs. There are services that cater to the small landlord who might only own 1 or 2 properties and then there are services geared toward the property manager who operates hundreds of units.