Landlords will want to know whom they are renting to before handing over a property to a tenant. Conducting a tenant background check before handing a tenant their keys will help a landlord identify potential problems and reduce risks. Therefore, in recent years conducting a tenant screening background check has become an important aspect when renting a property. Here are a few tips on how to check the background of a tenant.
Gathering information from the tenant – Tenants should complete a rental application form to start a tenant background check. The application form should include the applicant’s full name, social security number, date of birth, contact information, and driver’s license number and state of issue. Other information will also include current and previous addresses, dates of residence and contact information for current and former landlords.
Ask potential tenants to complete a credit report authorization form – According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) landlords must ask permission to perform a credit check.
Interview the applicant in person – Interviewing the applicant in person is a good way to understand if the tenant is a good match. During the interview, ask potential tenants when they intend to move in, if they have pets or if they smoke and inform them that you will need the first month’s rent in advance plus a security deposit before moving in.
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