There are many articles written on tenant screening, tenant credit checks, tenant background checks etc. for landlords, but very few articles for tenants. In a perfect world there would be no such thing as screening tenants, unfortunately we don't live in a perfect world.
So why is tenant screening as good for tenants as it is for landlords? Approximately 90 percent of tenants are good tenants. That is...they pay their rent on time, obey rules of the lease agreement and generally make life easy for the landlord and other tenants.
But...there is that 10 percent who make life difficult for landlords and for tenants. They don't pay their rent on time and they generate complaints from other tenants who are negatively impacted.
These 10 percenters are noisy and unruly, and they participate in risky or criminal behavior, and just plain make life uncomfortable for the tenant community. This becomes intolerable where the risky or criminal behavior results in someone getting physically hurt or causes a daily mental stress that has a negative impact on ones lifestyle.
Where a landlord does a good job at screening tenants... risky or unacceptable behavior is minimized! The more criteria and the higher standards for tenants, the better the renting experience.
Tenants have Rights and Responsibilities as noted in www.tenantsinfo.com , one of those Rights is... to have peace and quiet enjoyment of property. Now, there are several meanings to this and you can Google it. But we are talking about the Right to peace and quiet enjoyment as it relates to noisy or unruly tenants. And this is why tenant screening is as good for tenants as it is for landlords. Screen out those tenants who will have a negative impact on the tenant community because of bad behavior.
There is always some kind of risk when a landlord hands over the keys to a rental unit without conducting a tenant background check.
Criminal activity and other high risk behavior
Noise that interferes with quiet enjoyment of property
Visitors that end up staying who interfere with quiet enjoyment of property
Pets that aren't allowed and cause problems
And the list goes on.
OK let's shift focus a bit. Do some landlords take advantage of tenants with respect to a tenant credit check or tenant background check? YES!