Written by Tenant Screening Services, LLC
To conduct a tenant screening the landlord will have to get the prospective tenant to fill out a rental application. The landlord will also request for a prospective tenant to pay an application fee and a holding deposit.
Rental applications will ask the prospective tenant to answer personally identifying information, like name, social security number, and date of birth and other information such as address, employment, criminal and eviction history. At the end of the form, the applicant will be asked to sign, confirming that the information is true and that they authorize a landlord to conduct a tenant screening report. These screening reports are similar to pre-employment checks and they consider the same details.
Often landlords use companies that conduct tenant-screening services to produce a report. The company will look into the relevant credit details, public records and other information needed to vet prospective tenants.
There is a trend where applicants conduct their own tenant screening before they start looking for a rental. This is a good way to quicken the process and it shows that the prospective tenant is interested and proactive.
Tenant screening reports will provide all or some of the following information.
Eviction records search
Criminal records search
Sex offender registry search
Recommendation – based on the landlord’s criteria
When choosing a tenant screening services make sure they are regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
Tenant Screening Services, LLC provides a variety of background checks online and services for landlords and employers.