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Why Tenant Screening is Essential Before Leasing Your Property

Tenant screening services for landlords are a simple way for landlords to mitigate their risk of property damage or missed rent payments. At Keyrenter Houston, we provide this service to landlords and property management clients using a 14-point checklist. Thanks to this thorough process, we are better able to protect your investment and your property. While it is impossible to guarantee leasing success, our process significantly reduces the risk that your property will become damaged. As a result, the chances of a successful tenant/landlord relationship increase. Turn to Keyrenter Houston for some of the best tenant screening services in the state!

What Does Tenant Screening by Keyrenter Houston Include?

As we mentioned, our 14-point checklist helps reduce your chances of leasing to someone who will not pay rent or damage your property.

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Application Fee

Has the applicant paid the fee required to apply? They will not be considered until this is paid!

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Current Photo ID

We always ask for proof of a current photo ID to help verify the identity of the applicant. We will ask for a driver’s license, passport, or another similar legal document with a photo ID.

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Person Search (Identity Verification)

Is the potential tenant who they say they are? Our personal search (identity verification) can give you peace of mind.

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Occupancy Limit

There are occupancy limits to each property, something that we will take into consideration during the tenant screening process.

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Smoking can leave behind lingering odors that are unpleasant. Checking for smokers is always part of our screening process.

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Not every property allows pets. For those properties that do allow pets, we will ensure that they meet the pet requirement for the property.

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Credit Report

A credit report is a simple way to determine how the individual handles money. We will determine if there is a delinquent collection amount and whether or not bankruptcies have been discharged for at least 6 months.

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Income & Employment

The household gross income needs to exceed 3x the rent payment. For assisted housing, the income needs to exceed 3x the applicant’s portion. If there is an additional deposit required, we will ensure it can be paid.

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Proof of Income

We collect and verify pay stubs and bank statements to make sure that the applicant is able to prove their income levels.

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The debt-to-income ratio needs to be 49% or lower in order to pass. If this number is 50% or higher, it is considered a failure.

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Criminal History

The applicant must also pass our written criteria for a criminal background check.

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Public Registry Search

In addition to a criminal history check, we will search the public registry to ensure there are no sex offender charges or similar charges.

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Rental History

We will verify the applicant’s rental history for the previous 2 years. If there are any red flags, we will notate them.

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Eviction Search

Finally, we will make sure that the applicant does not have any previous evictions on their record.

Houston Renter Background Check Process

At Keyrenter Houston, we offer the best tenant screening services because we utilize a detailed, 14-point checklist to ensure that only the most responsible tenants are chosen. From a thorough credit report and eviction search to simply checking whether they smoke, we have all points covered in our background check.

What Does Finding the Best Tenant in Houston Look Like?

The tenant screening process is essential to finding the ideal tenants for your property. Although it may seem meticulous, our in-depth approach can help weed out applicants who will give you a tough time in the big picture. Here’s what you can expect when you work with our team.

Setting Up Expectations

First, we’ll work with you, the property owner, to identify the criteria that you want to follow. Feel free to give us specifics on what you want to see in your applications. Ideally, your expectations will include no past evictions, no criminal history, a 3:1 rent ratio, at least 12 months in their current job, etc.

Collecting Applications

Once we have clearly defined the expectations, collecting applications is the next step in the process. Our tenant screening services for landlords include sifting through the applications and determining who is the best fit for your property.

Thorough Applicant Screening

The final step in our complete tenant screening process is screening the applicants on your behalf given the agreed-upon criteria. We will pass along the best applicants to you so you can make the final decision for your property.

What our clients say

"Keyrenter Houston provided me with an excellent framework to bounce off into the real estate land. They were super helpful with their planning and communication that I would thoroughly recommend them for your property management needs! After listing a property in Clear Lake, they were able to find and place a tenant within a week when my previous company didn't even place anyone for several months. Thanks Keyrenter!"

Deeksha Madala


"I had a very good experience with this company. They were thorough throughout the process and quick to respond. They were able to find an excellent tenant in a short period of time."

Dilmini Seimon


"The best property management team that's in Houston Hands Down is Keyrenters !!!The Man to go to is Vic, very helpful, thoughtful, and understanding. The willingness to help and make sure the tenant is satisfied is definitely his goal... I love it here ♥️"

Johntranette Marshall


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Who pays for background checks, the tenant or the landlord?

When the tenant submits their application through Keyrenter Houston, they pay an application fee. This fee covers the cost of the background check so the landlord will not need to pay on behalf of the applicant.

How much does a tenant background check cost?

The specific cost of the background check depends on many factors. Generally speaking, a tenant screening costs anywhere from $15-40 depending on the area. Paying less than $15 could mean that you are not using a trustworthy site, and this is something that you don’t want to cut corners on.

Is tenant background search legit in Houston?

Absolutely! Our team at Keyrenter Houston will always ensure that the tenant background checks are 100 percent reliable and accurate. We want you to have peace of mind!

Let’s Start Your Tenant Screening!

Start by connecting with one of our real estate experts!

Start by connecting with one of our real estate experts!

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