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:

  1. Didn’t want the apartment to go vacant.
  2. Didn’t want to pay for the background check report.
  3. Felt that they could judge the character of the potential tenant.
  4. 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.