A couple of years ago, I would have said that that was a bit over the top. However, I've lived in some pretty bad places, ending with the last place, where drug deals happened in the next apartment, and someone kicked a big hole in my door (a hollow core door???) to rob my apartment.
The place I live in now did a credit check, called my last apartment complex, my manager at work, and checked a lot of things that nobody else had checked. As a result, this has been the best place I've ever lived. There are no deadbeats, no (overt) drug dealers, and no riffraff.
However, I don't think I've ever been asked for my bank account number, or a credit card. That would have been a problem, since I don't *have* a credit card!