Getting a Second Look for Tenant Screening

Tenant ScreeningThere are so many reasons why it’s a good idea for landlords to do tenant screening — checking prior rental history, criminal background checks, eviction history, and more. It all helps to paint a picture of the sort of renter you’re allowing into your property, and will guide you in making better and more lucrative decisions.

Over time, many landlords become very skilled at seeing all the signs of a good tenant, but sometimes someone who only looks good on paper can still slip through the cracks, resulting in a nasty surprise. This is why it’s so important for even experienced landlords to enlist the help of a third party to vet potential tenants. A screening service is thorough, looking at everything from credit history to background checks to give you all the information you need. Unlike trying to do the legwork yourself, a service often has access to both local and national records, which is helpful if your potential renter has lived outside of your state.

Mark W. from Sacramento learned this a long time ago. As he says, “I am a landlord with a couple of multi-unit properties, and have been an extremely happy client of TSC since the late 1990s… After I had once made a mess of things, I was fortunate to get to know a retiring property manager who was kind enough to show me some of the tricks of her trade. She not only referred me to TSC, she also explained that even the rare person who is themselves skilled in the art of tenant screening is wise to have a third party do their screening because it provides another ‘set of eyes’ that isn’t tainted by emotions. TSC has been screening tenants for decades, that is all that they do, and what they accomplish in a short period of time is utterly amazing.”

Decades of Tenant Screening Experience

As Mark says, we offer decades of experience in tenant screening, as well as a regularly updated suite of programs and resources we use to get our clients the best possible results so they can make the right decision. Instead of losing precious time doing the paperwork, filing, and research yourself, let us handle it. You get better results and spend your time on more important matters, like managing your property or even enjoying the occasional day off. You’ve earned it!

If you’ve found this post helpful and would like additional advice or tenant help, we also offer a number of screening packages for new and experienced landlords. Depending on your needs and number of rentable units, we may need to perform an on-site inspection to confirm a separate home office, locking file cabinet for properly storing applicants’ report information, and an acceptance of terms of 25-page agreement for service. These packages will offer you all the peace of mind you need, whether you opt for a mini or full credit check for your tenants.

Additionally, our RentalConnect program offers property owners and landlords a great alternative to tenant screening. This screening service requires no on-site visit, sign-up, or membership fees, making it extra convenient – and the service fee is paid by the applicant. Available 24/7, RentalConnect is fast, easy, secure, and delivers reports needed to make an informed decision, including a credit report, a national criminal search, and a national eviction search. For more information, please contact us anytime!

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