As a new landlord I have not yet down a lot of tennat screening. I used a free service I found online for my last tenant and now it is kicking me in the butt. It seems that the free version might of missed a rather important issue. the Tenant in question had just recently been evicted from an apartment for causing property damage and it didn’t show up at all.
So as you have no doubt guess my tenant has damaged my property. he backed up into the fence and completely knocked it down. There is also several deep scratches on the floor of the apartment and hole in the wall. I’m in the process of evicting the guy and am keeping the security deposit which should cover all the damages but its such a hassle. Never going to use a “free” service again.
I did some research and found http://www.atenantscreen.com and http://www.tenantverification.com/ on the BBB certified site. Haven’t decide which to go with yet but they both have great reviews and their on BBB so it should be good.