This article will help you:
- Understand what a Tenant Screening is and why it’s an important part of a background report
Tenant screening is used by residential landlords and property managers to evaluate prospective tenants. This screening is used to assess the likelihood that the tenant will fulfill the terms of the rental agreement and care for the rental property.
Tenant Screenings search the candidate’s address history and references for a previous eviction. An eviction judgment can be displayed on a person’s record for up to 7 years, and indicates that the landlord was forced to take the matter to court because the tenant didn’t voluntarily vacate.
To run this screening, tenants are required to provide address history.
Note: In addition to the federal laws, certain states and municipalities have their own versions of consumer reporting and fair housing laws. We recommend consulting your city, county, and state-specific laws around the use of background checks for tenant screening purposes.
If you're a landlord looking for information on tenant screening, please see our article for landlords.