When you are going through the tenant screening process, you need to know whether a potential tenant is a good fit for your property. References can help you determine whether a tenant is reliable, and if they are not, you can find out why. A surprising number of prospective tenants may have a criminal history that could threaten the safety and well-being of the other residents. If you want to avoid conflicts later on, it’s important to do your due diligence during the tenant screening process. Credit checks and background checks are helpful, but referrals allow you to speak with someone who has worked with the tenant before. This will help you weed out irresponsible tenants that only look good on paper.