A renter credit check is when a landlord checks a person's credit report and score to determine if he should rent a property to the potential tenant. A renter credit check is often the only way a landlord can sort reliable tenants from unreliable tenants.
Landlords may perform a credit check before renting residential or commercial property. If the potential tenant has a history of not paying bills on time, a landlord may want to deny the rental request. On the other hand, a good credit report and score gives the landlord peace of mind that the tenant is unlikely to miss rental payments.