Tenant screening is an absolute necessity when renting a property.
Even if the tenant is brought in by a realtor, and no matter what they tell you, you should never rent a property without screening the prospective tenant, it should be a requirement.
Landlords usually don't pay for screening, a non-refundable fee is charged from the prospect, our advice to landlords is not to charge anything on top of it, it should be as affordable as possible.
Our experience tells us that many unpleasant surprises, damages and costly evictions can be prevented.
Please bear in mind that the landlord usually wins an eviction case, and the losing party is ordered to pay for court costs, but the facts are that it is practically impossible to collect these judgments, with the practical effect that costs are borne in advance by the winning party.