As a property manager or landlord, the key component to keeping revenue flowing is finding a high-quality tenant who is going to pay rent on time and properly care for the unit. Horror stories about tenants ripping off landlords are all too common — especially for smaller landlords and property management companies who have a more challenging time facilitating a proper background check.


Cozy, an application and payment solution for small landlords and property managers, is now offering background checks and credit reports that are free for landlords. Each screening offering is paid by the applicant for a flat rate of $19.95 for each or bundled for $34.95.

The background checks can function as a stand-alone product, but the requester will receive the information via Cozy. The product uses the applicant’s Social Security number for identity verification, but the number isn’t stored. Credit reports and background checks use bank-level security and are Fair Credit Reporting Act-compliant.

Typically, background checks are completed in less than 15 minutes, although they can take up to two business days, and the integrated credit report can be instantly accessed. Pulling these reports will have no impact on the tenant’s credit score.

“The landlord doesn’t have to handle or store anyone’s sensitive information, and the applicant doesn’t have to worry what someone has done with their SSN,” said Gino Zahnd, CEO and founder at Cozy. “The burden is lifted on both sides, and it’s safer for everyone.”



The Cozy platform also provides a secure payment solution, as well as information regarding lease terms so tenants can quickly reference any pertinent information. The platform also enables multiple roommates within an apartment to send through funds individually to save hassle on the tenant’s end, bundling them all on the landlord end to simplify the process.

In addition to credit and background screening, Cozy can be used for rental applications to make the entire process streamlined and ensure that all information is located in one place for the landlord or property manager.

The 100 percent-free software has a few other features on the horizon. One-time payment requests for late fees; transaction history; document signing and storage; income and expense tracking; and a listings integration are all coming soon to Cozy. The product is also slated to be available for iPhones and Android in the near future.

Email Kimberly Manning.

Inman Connect San Francisco is right around the corner — register now and save $200!

Learn secrets from top agents to grow your business — attend Agent Connect!

Show Comments Hide Comments
Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Only 3 days left to register for Inman Connect Las Vegas before prices go up! Don't miss the premier event for real estate pros.Register Now ×
Limited Time Offer: Get 1 year of Inman Select for $199SUBSCRIBE×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription