Landlords and property managers regularly use tenant background checks to vet housing applicants for everything from criminal history to credit to past evictions. These details can help landlords make educated decisions about which tenants they are comfortable trusting to reside in their properties. These tenant background screening policies can also act as a source of due diligence and liability protection for landlords, who need to consider how accepting a tenant might impact other tenants and neighbors around the same property.
Most large property management companies have policies in place for tenant background screening. For independent landlords and smaller businesses with fewer properties, managing this part of the tenant screening process can be daunting and confusing. Which background checks are necessary? What sort of disclosures or authorizations must be in place for a landlord to run background checks? Which laws or compliance regulations do background checks need to meet? These questions and others factor into the conversation and discourage some landlords from properly vetting their tenants.