Tenant Screening Services in 3 Easy Steps
Get the information you need to choose the best renter for your rental property! With our tenant screening services, you’ll have access to a tenant’s credit, criminal, and eviction history.
The report comes at no cost to you as the landlord. The renter will pay the $35-$45 fee for the screening report, but you also have the option to pay yourself if you prefer.
Here’s how it works:
(1) You enter the renter’s email address or phone number and then their name.
(2) The renter will receive an email or text asking them to verify their identity.
(3) You’ll receive an email when their screening report is ready.
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CREDIT, CRIMINAL, & EVICTIONS
A Free Tenant Screening Report for Landlords
So how are our reports free for landlords? When a prospective renter completes an application, they pay the $35-45 fee for the screening report. Our seamless system takes the collection of money out of your hands entirely. Already collected a fee from the tenant? You have the option to pay for the screening report yourself.
So why choose TurboTenant? When it comes to finding the perfect renter for your property, you need the best tenant screening services available. Our report is fast, easy and gives you all the information you need to make an informed choice. Get valuable information about each applicant, such as their:
Lines of Credit
Employers on File
Screen Tenants in Minutes
Get an easy-to-read, report from TransUnion, which includes a credit check, their criminal history, and a list of past evictions. Our background check searches over 370 million records from all 50 states and our eviction report compares over 25 million records from all 50 states. It is a soft inquiry as well, meaning it won't negatively affect the renter's credit score.
Tenant Screening FAQs
What is a tenant screening service?
A tenant screening service is a company who can provide you with a credit, criminal, and eviction report on a prospective tenant. Landlords will screen their tenants to make sure that they meet their rental criteria before signing a lease and moving a tenant in. Past financial and housing behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, and this helps landlords pick the best tenant for their property.
Why should you screen a tenant?
Tenant screening is an essential part of protecting your rental investment. The profitability of your investment relies on the ability of your tenant to pay rent and pay it on time. Tenant screening will give you a great look into the financial health and history of your prospective tenant. It can provide you with quantitative data points when evaluating your pool of leads. Learn more about why a tenant background check is essential on our blog.
What does a free screening report include?
Depending on which tenant screening report you chose, the following will be included:
TurboReport ($35 Application Fee Paid by the Applicant)
Includes the following information:
- Full Credit Report with a score from TransUnion
- Payment History
- Fraud Indicators
- Credit Screening Recommendation (Accept, Conditional, Deny, etc.)
- Full criminal background check (checks over 200 million records)
- Collection History
- Civil Records
TurboReport Pro ($45 Application Fee Paid by the Applicant)
Includes all of the information above, plus an eviction report that includes the following information:
- A full eviction check (compares over 25 million eviction records)
- Failure to Pay Rent
- Judgments for Rent, Possession, and Money
- Unlawful Detainers
- Writs and Warrants of Eviction
How do I pick a great tenant?
Our landlords tell us that their biggest problem is picking one tenant from a large pool of qualified leads. Tenant screening is the first step in gathering the quantitative data that is essential to narrowing down your tenant search. Learn how to run a tenant credit check with TurboTenant.
That combined with landlord references, and pet and smoking preferences will also help you narrow down your applicants. Social Media is also another great tool to use when deciding on a tenant. The key is to document everything and have the same criteria for every tenant evaluation, as well as following all laws stated in the Federal Fair Housing Act. Learn more about social media and tenant screening.
What is a good credit score when screening a tenant?
There is a range, and we will guide you. Once you get back your free tenant screening report our screening partner, TransUnion will give you a recommendation based on that credit score. It’s similar to an A-F scale. Credit scores range from 850-350, and we will recommend that you Accept, Low Accept, Conditional Acceptance, or Decline. Learn more about what credit score everyone starts out with.
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