Saving Landlords Up to $10,000, Cozy Launches Easy Online Tenant Background Checks

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2014-03-01_naudas_horoskopsWith no on-site visits required, and no need for landlords to collect applicants’ Social Security numbers, Cozy’s new background checks make it easy for landlords to find reliable tenants and protect their investment.

PORTLAND — July 14, 2015 — Cozy, the leading tenant screening and rent payments service for landlords nationwide, announced the availability of fully integrated background checks as part of Cozy’s tenant screening tools.

Cozy’s new background checks don’t require landlords to collect Social Security numbers or any other sensitive information, and they don’t require any on-site visits. Cozy’s background checks are fully FCRA compliant, and provided in partnership with Checkr.

Cozy’s background checks include full searches of national and county criminal records, past evictions, sex offender lists, and terrorist watch lists. Paired with Cozy’s recently redesigned tenant credit reports, landlords will also get detailed information about outstanding debts, payment history, account history, and more. Together, Cozy’s tenant screening tools provide landlords with a complete picture of their applicants’ histories, so they can make a more informed decision.

Incomplete tenant screening can be costly: the average cost to evict a problem tenant can exceed $10,000, which could be avoided with a complete background and credit check. Best of all, these screening tools are completely free for landlords. Purchased together, Cozy credit reports and background checks cost applicants just $34.95, or $19.95 each.

“The introduction of background checks represents one more step in our mission to democratize technology to make renting less painful for everyone,” said Gino Zahnd, CEO and founder of Cozy. “Paired with credit reports that don’t hurt tenants’ credit scores, a reusable online rental application, and fee-free online rent payments, we’re well on our way to making renting easier and more secure.”

Cozy tenant screening reports are integrated with Cozy’s free rental application, where landlords can get all of the information about their applicants in one place. For landlords who prefer to use their own rental application, all they need are their applicants’ names and email addresses to run a background check and credit report.

About Cozy

Cozy ( makes renting easy for landlords, property managers, and tenants. Simple rent payments, rental applications and tenant screening make Cozy the best way for landlords and renters to deal with every part of the rental lifecycle.

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Cozy is used by tens of thousands of landlords who run their rental businesses in over 3,500 cities nationwide.