Post # 1
We have our home on the rental market and have finally gotten an application from a potential tenant that we are interested in pursuing–but we need to do a backround check on them! What companies have you used and is it necessary to get a credit report?
Post # 3
We have a property manager on our home but I would 100% get a credit report on this person if you don’t know them personally. You want to find someone that has a good chance of paying the rent every month, and a credit report will show if they have been late with bills before.
Post # 4
Thanks MissAsB — the credit reports that I would get as a landlord though don’t show deliquency like that…they give a credit score and that’s pretty much it. I have a list of their creditors, so I assume I can call them individually and question whether or not there is deliquency on the account? There are a ton of websites out there, everyone offers something different and charges $30! I don’t mind spending the money, but I want to make sure I get everything that I need with one report, not keep spending $30 and not getting anything pertinent…ugh =(
Post # 6
you can search the local court records online to see if the people have open warrants or court appearances coming up for free.
Most background checks are pretty standard.
I would also call their previous landlord for a recommendation if they were not there for 2 years, then you want the last two landlords. If they never had one, I would ask for an increased deposit or last months rent upfront- whatever your state legally allows.
Post # 7
I just became a landlord!!! Run the credit check for sure, call employers, verify income, ask for pay stubs!
Post # 8
verify income and ask for paystubs! google them!
Post # 9
As a renter, I can say that usually I am asked for my credit score report (it just shows the score, but the score can say a lot– for example, might not want to rent to someone who has a low score because they have no or bad credit history), and also have to provide a work related reference (to prove I have a steady job) and my current landlord as a reference (to prove I won’t destroy the house). I’ve never had a background check done on me (as far as I know), and have never had to give my SIN number or driver’s licence.
Post # 10
We used mysmartmove.com. After receiving the applicant’s email, you send them a request to complete the credit check and/or background check. The applicant then goes to the site, creates a login, enters all their info and pays the fee. Then you are notified of the results. It’s nice because they handle the money for you and you don’t have to deal with gathering sensitive information. It’s different but I think it worked out really well.
Post # 11
I would definitely pull the credit report and go back two landlords. The current landlord would probably lie if they wanted them to move out, so go to one who has nothing to lose by telling the truth. I would also verify their employment and pay info by contacting the current employer.