I can't tell you how many times I get calls from customers for assistance in serving papers for eviction and forcible detainer actions or requests for help to locate assets or debtors. When I ask the question, "Did you conduct a background check prior to renting to them?", the answer is always a regretful NO!

I can understand how it is when you are trying to rent your property and need to find a tenant. Most folks are usually renting a property to make money and don't want to spend money up front on the prospective tenant. Hmm, well, let's see....is it worth $50 - $100 to save a loss of around $3,000 to $5,000 or more later? The majority of my clients are owed multiple months of rent and an eviction action is sometimes not swift enough.

The old saying goes something like, "You have to spend money to make money" and in this case it is definitely worth it. A background check by a licensed private investigator is very quick to complete and not very expensive.

I also suggest that my clients (the educated ones that check in advance) consider letting the renter initially bear the cost of the background check and then the landlord can reimburse after 3 to 6 months of successful rental history. Asking for the fee upfront ensures you are getting a truly interested party and will also tell you something prior to us doing the check - if they balk, then you probably didn't want them as a tenant anyway and you got your question answered without spending any money!

What do you think? Have you or someone you know had a bad experience with a tenant?

If you need help serving eviction papers or locating a debtor or want to conduct a background check, please give us call at 480-588-0511 or email us today!