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Have you ever run a criminal background check or eviction search only to not find anything? If you're like me, you have a feeling of relief, when you find enough dirt on a tenant to justify a rejection! It's like dodging a bullet.
What if your search results don't return any criminal or eviction information? Well, that doesn't automatically mean the applicant is good, but at least your search on them was clean. The best result you can get on a criminal or eviction report is "NO RECORD FOUND" or "NO RESULTS", but sometimes you do get results. That is when you need to verify whether or not the "results" are actually a true match for your applicant or not.
When it comes to eviction or criminal reports, they are not an exact science because they are not always associated with a social security number the way credit reports are. For that reason, report results sometimes turn up other people with the same or similar names.
With criminal reports, our criminal database searches are set to find up to 3 variations or aliases of the name searched
along with slight spelling variations of names. Sometimes these searches turn up other people with similar names or with middle names. That doesn't always mean it is a match with the subject person you are searching.
Important items to match to your applicant are the Date of Birth, Middle Name, and the Address or location of any offenses. The arrest reports do not usually include a social security number, so it is important to verify . It is always best when your applicant does NOT match any of the listed offenders. If you are searching someone with a fairly common name, your search will likely return many hits.
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As a landlord trying to rent out a vacancy, have you ever thought about how backwards the process is? You're the landlord. Why do you become a secretary answering phone calls all day every time you slap a 'For Rent' sign in front of a unit or place a classified ad?
Wouldn't you love to streamline the process ...
Have you ever been beaten by a tenant on the rent? Most of us have and unfortunately, it is one of the costs of doing business as a landlord.
On the brighter side, remedies are available for many. If you have documented your tenancy with the proper paperwork including a rental application, lease agreement, late notices, etc., you may have a chance of collecting.
Credit bureau reporting is an option in which many modern landlords are beginning to participate....
"My uncle died and I'm the only one who can pay for his funeral." - Robert Hancox, San Antonio, TX
"I know I promised to start paying on time, but it is not as easy as it sounds. It's like quitting smoking or biting my nails. It is hard to change my habits."
OK, just keep paying those late fees. You're the one teetering on eviction every month. - Nikki M., NY
"I had a job but I quit because it was really hard labor. I got a better job but I didn't like it, so I quit. I was supposed to start at Wal-Mart, but my first day of work I broke my foot on the way to the bus stop."
Eviction. - Preston, GA
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