Why you Should Run Background Checks on your Tenants
As a landlord, property manager or owner, you work hard to keep your rentals running smoothly and in top-notch condition. One bad tenant can change everything! From late or non-payment to serious property damage, irresponsible tenants cause headaches and unnecessary expenses.
Tenant screening with Tenant Score by True Hire helps keep your property safe. Here are some top reasons of why you should be screening tenants before they move into your rental property.
1. Keep other renters and neighbors safe
If someone has a violent or other dangerous criminal past, you could be putting yourself, other renters and neighbors at risk of being the victim of a crime. Even our basic rental background check package, checks the sex offender registry and a national database for criminal records.
2. Avoid liability issues
By requiring your potential tenants to complete a background check, you could be saving yourself from legal problems down the road. For example, if one renter steals from another you could be sued for damages or negligence. If you screened your tenants first, it would show a judge that you did everything in your power to provide a safe environment for your renters, or, even better, prevent the situation completely by eliminating the person in the application process.
3. Confirm that your renter can and will pay rent
Tenant Score checks the credit report to ensure that your potential tenant doesn’t have any undisclosed financial problems that could prevent him or her from paying rent. We also pull an eviction report to see if he or she has previously been evicted. Tenant Score can even verify your applicant’s employment and get former landlord references for you, so you have all the information needed to make an informed renting decision.
4. Discourage less-than-ideal applicants
If you put on your ads that you require a background check, it will deter renters with a criminal record or negative rental history from applying in the first place.
5. Reduce turnover
Background checks help you attract higher quality renters who will hopefully stick around for a few years. No one wants to go through the hassle of having to find new renters every year; it’s not only time-consuming but can get expensive.
Tenant Score’s parent company, True Hire, is NAPBS accredited and has completed over one million background checks over the past 23 years. Our customer service is the best in the industry with real people answering every call in our Ohio based office and dedicated account representatives for each customer. Our team stands ready to answer all your tenant screening questions. Call us today at 800-262-7301 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.