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How Criminal Background Checks & Verifying Your Applicants SSN
Fits into Your Tenant Screening Model

Tenant Screening and Resident Screening also known as Applicant Screening or Rental Screening is the process of discovering whether or not a potential renter meets an already established rental acceptance criteria.  This article seeks to explain that criminal background checks and social security number validations discover information about an applicant that could reveal data inconsistent with that provided on a rental application.  It will also bring to light the benefits of adding these additional screening components to your existing tenant screening processes, and how they can aid in keeping your community safe while at the same time preventing costly evictions, lawsuits and even property damage.

Why should I pay for Criminal Background Checks as part of my Tenant Screening process?
Performing a statewide criminal background check or national criminal background check used to take more than a day to complete, making it difficult for apartment unit leasing agents to make quick decisions on perspective tenants.  Now most applicants apply to many rental properties before moving in to one and do not have the patience or the liberty to wait more than a day to find out if they have been accepted. If you are one of those residential communities that never ran criminal checks because they took to long, it may now be time to re-consider.

These days property owners, apartment managers and landlords have the dual responsibility of running both a profitable operation and providing a safe environment for their residents to live in.  They understand that running a profitable apartment rental business and keeping their community safe are not conflicting initiatives. 

What is Considered Negligent Leasing in the Apartment Industry Today?
When a lease is signed prematurely it can result into negligent leasing.  To avoid the risks associated with premature leasing it is recommended that you complete a series of background checks including a criminal background check and social security number validation on your applicant(s) prior to signing a lease.  These background checks can reveal applicant fraud and past criminal convictions that are considered rejectionable offenses and can be filtered out prior to leasing.  Verifying the information disclosed on a rental application is the responsibility of the party leasing the apartment unit.  Conducting employment verifications internally or outsourcing them is also highly recommended prior to leasing.

Recidivism in the form of repeat offenders can be discovered by running a simple criminal background check prior to signing a lease.  You can reduce your exposure to real risks present when screening new tenants by running criminal background checks.  Properties trying to avoid theft, violence and property damage by previous offenders can accomplish this by running a criminal history check on applicants before accepting them and signing a lease. makes the criminal background checking process easy and does it by meeting the demands of realtors, landlords, property managers, property owners and apartment leasing agents in the USA.  Adding a criminal background check and social security number validation to your applicant screening model will benefit your overall goals of profitability and community safety. provides criminal background checks and social security number validations in the form of professional informational reports.  We do this online for a reasonable fee, and provide exceptional service to all our clients.  We offer criminal background checks at the state, county, and national levels and grant generous discounts to qualified businesses and organizations throughout the United States of America. 

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