What is the Purpose of Tenant Screening?
It’s actually pretty straightforward – as a landlord, you should screen your residents for the following reasons:
Tenant screening helps you assess your perspective renters ability and willingness to pay the rent, do they have the income and employment to afford rent, do they have a track record of paying rent and do they have a track record of paying other bills.
It’s also an opportunity to assess the renters’ criminal background. One note about criminal background checks, there are restrictions and requirements for accessing and using criminal record data and they can change from state to state. You must check your best practices on accessing and using criminal data in rental decisions depending on the state your living in.