Checking a tenant's background?

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  1. iShater macrumors 604

    iShater

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    Hi folks,

    I have two tenants who are interested in renting a property from my family. I was wondering if anybody has used any of the tenant/renter background check/credit check services and if you had any recommendations.

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. conch575 macrumors 6502

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    Turn their computer on and look at the picture? :p
    Sorry, had to say it :D
     
  3. Ntombi macrumors 68030

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    We've used e-renter.com for a while now. I like it.
     
  4. iShater thread starter macrumors 604

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    Badaboom! I forgot where I was posting. :D

    Thank you very much, I will give them a shot. :)
     
  5. conch575 macrumors 6502

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    Ah, my comment was very lame :eek:
     
  6. iShater thread starter macrumors 604

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    So there is no way to check the credit report, only the credit score eh? :confused:
     
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    In CA you can request a credit report fee and run a credit report online. My landlord (private house rental) asked for $30 to run a credit report, I preferred to run it myself so I gave him a credit report ran within the last 30 days.

    I don't know what IL law is pertaining to credit reporting fees for tenant/landlord, but there are ways to run a credit report. And for all that, e-renter.com just as it was recommended.

    Just make the prospective renter pay the fee.
     
  8. iShater thread starter macrumors 604

    iShater

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    It looks like for private landlords like myself, I can do a credit score check, but not get a credit report. This is done to protect against identity theft. I am OK with it. I asked the tenant to get a copy of her free credit report from http://www.annualcreditreport.com :)
     
  9. iShater thread starter macrumors 604

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    I went with e-renter, but out of curiosity, have you verified any of the info they provided? The reason I am asking is that according to credit reports the tenants provided (as well as they told me) they had foreclosures/bankruptcies, but this report shows 0 for both counts for two different people. :confused:
     

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