It used to be that 15-20 years ago a hand shake was good enough to seal the deal in not just tenant screening, but most transactions. People really were as good as their word. In today's society a hand shake just doesn't cut it. Tenant screening including tenant credit checks, eviction record searches and criminal record checks are a necessary part in determining if your prospective tenant has a good rental history and will be a rent worthy tenant for you
A Tenant Screening Online provides landlords, property managers and realtors with the reports necessary to help with their tenant screening needs. ATS can provide tenant credit checks (also known as consumer credit histories) from Experian Credit Bureau in the USA and Equifax or Trans Union Credit Bureau in Canada. Criminal record and eviction searches are available in the USA only.
ATS offers tenant screening solutions online in real time delivery, meaning you can obtain most reports within 1-2 minutes.
ATS also recommends that you perform further due diligence in addition to the reports you obtain from our tenant screening service. Contact any previous landlords with regards to their rental history and inquire as to what type of tenant they were. i.e.: Were they noisy? Did they leave any damage? Did they pay their rent on time? It is also recommended that you contact their employer to determine if they have stable employment.
Before you do any tenant screening to help prevent landlord fraud, it is a good idea to first determine what criteria you would like your prospective tenant to meet. Determine first what would constitute a good rental history and what qualifications you would like your prospective tenant to meet, this way you will not be discriminating against any applicants as you will be using the same criterion for each one.