Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Criminal Background Checks: Should You Run Them On Prospective Tenants?

Tenant screening is important. Not only will a proper screen give you insight about a person's character, it will also let you know of any potential risks you're taking by agreeing to rent to someone. And while every property manager has their own special formula of screening methods, credit checks have become universally standard in the United States. Another kind of screen growing in popularity? The criminal background check.

Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management says that's because credit checks are limited in what they can tell you about a tenant. While they might inform you of a prospective tenant's ability to pay rent on time, it won't tell you about their arrest history or their spot on the FBI's most wanted list. Criminal background checks can. Though your first priority might be running a profitable business, property managers owe it to their tenants to foster a safe community in which to live.

Criminal background checks can be obtained for as little as $15 online, depending on the type of record searched for and the state you're searching in. Even more expensive background checks can save you money and stress in the long run. Consider adding criminal background checks to your tenant screening process today.

- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


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