How much information is needed for a tenant background check?
A tenant background report can technically be done with as little information as the applicant’s name and date of birth. However it is highly recommended that you have every single applicant, over 18 years of age, fill out a Tenant Rental Application and provide you with as much information as possible.
Basic and Pro Packages
Regardless of the screening company you are using to perform your tenants background check, obviously the more information the better. But to specifically order our Basic and Pro Packages, you will need to provide us with the following information:
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Number
- Current Address
- Signed Consent
You won’t have to send in the signed consent for these two packages, but you do need to have this before running any tenant background check
If you are ordering our Platinum Package, then you need to be sure that in addition to the above information, you have the following:
- Current address and landlord contact information
- Previous address and landlord contact information
- Employer information (Address, phone number, supervisor’s name, hire date, etc.)
- Signed Consent
It is never a bad idea to obtain documents to support the information provided by the applicant.
This can include pay stubs, a copy of a Driver’s License, copy of Social Security Card, etc.
Think that you’re asking for too much information; remember you are trusting that these people are going to take care of your property, and pay you rent on time.
Is the applicant avoiding giving you information? Read our article Tenant Won’t Give Social Security Number to find out why this can be a huge warning sign!