What’s the best way to screen potential tenants? I recently came across something via Whitepages, but I’m curious what others recommend. Thanks!
I have had great experiences with cozy.com
@Scott Raynor BiggerPockets has recommened screening comapanies right on their website. You can find them on the
I would recommend researching your options and select the company that best fits your screening needs.
We use Innago to screen tenants. It's the property management software we use though, so not just a stand-alone screening service. Works great though!
Take a look at RentSmart on rentsmart.net. This property management software is marketed as "low cost" compared to others. I received a tutorial on it during a virtual REIA meeting and it appeared to be simple and functional. My understanding is that tenant screening is an additional charge of $40-$50 as required. I suppose you can transfer that cost to a potential tenant in the form of an application fee.
@Scott Raynor Whichever platform you choose, I suggest paying attention to what kind of credit check the service runs. A "hard inquiry" will ding your applicants credit score, which is tough if it's a property in high demand and they'll have to put out a lot of applications. A "soft inquiry" gives you the same information, but doesn't impact the applicant's credit score. There's really no reason as a landlord to use a hard inquiry, so be sure to check on what your service does!
Here's an article with more info if you're curious: https://innago.com/hard-vs-sof...
The Transunion SmartMove has been working well for me.