2 Important Questions about Tenant Screening Answered

2 Important Questions about Tenant Screening Answered

According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Landlords who are conducting tenant screening must do so in a fair way, with reputable screening companies.

According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Landlords who are conducting tenant screening must do so in a fair way, with reputable screening companies. The purpose of the FCRA is to protect consumers from inaccurate screening results and gives them the ability to dispute results that they believe to be false. If a landlord wants to have tenant screening performed, they must follow FCRA guidelines.

Why Should I Perform Tenant Screening?

Just like an employer would perform background screening of employees to protect their business, you would perform tenant screening in order to protect your property. Tenant screening provides information on an applicant’s credit history, criminal background (if any), and their past rental history.

Some of the concerns that tenant screening can address are:

  • Are they able to pay rent on time?
  • Do they have recent criminal convictions and/or will they be a threat to my property and other tenants?
  • What was their payment history at previous rental properties?
  • Is this person who they say they are?

What Happens if the Tenant Screening is Not FCRA Compliant?

Property owners and landlords who do not follow FCRA guidelines may face penalties and possible litigation from tenants. Some common mistakes made in the tenant screening process are:

  • Not including a background screening consent form as part of the application
  • Discriminating against an applicant due to arrest without conviction records in their criminal history
  • Not following the correct adverse action procedures or other common tenant screening compliance processes

The property owners and landlords who order tenant screening are only as compliant as the background check agency, consumer reporting agency, or any other company that they get their information from. It is extremely important that you do your research and find a background screening company that stays up to date and complies with any and all new guidelines.

BACKGROUND SCREENING TO GIVE YOU THE BEST APPLICANTS

AIR Pre-Employment Screening Services is ready to provide you with quality tenant screening for all of your properties, including driving record screening, criminal records searching, drug testing, identity verification, and even screening personal and professional references. We have over 20 years of experience in our field and we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service, incomparable accuracy, and quick reporting. For more information on our services, contact P.J. Davis at pjdavis@air-prehire.com, call 410-654-5665, or visit our website at http://www.air-prehire.com/. For more hiring tips and articles like this, follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Google+.

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