What can you learn from a tenant background check and what are the best sites for running a renter background check? Find the answers here with our complete tenant screening guide.
Background checks are an essential part of the tenant screening process - After you have interviewed your prospective tenants by phone and in person, the next step is to make sure that the information provided by the (shortlisted) applicants is accurate.
For starters, a basic renter background check is able to verify your applicant's name, (current and former) addresses and social security number.
Good tenant screening sites as Tenant Verification Services and E-Renter will also allow you to search for criminal and eviction records. In our books, any applicant with a criminal record or eviction record is a straightforward no.
To see how a tenant criminal background check looks this, take a look at the screenshot below:
Take Note: A renter background check isn't the same as a tenant credit report. While the purpose of a background check is to find honest tenants who will follow the rules, a credit report establishes whether the applicant is able and willing to pay the rent - Click here to learn how to run tenant credit checks.
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