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In this post, we will discuss how to do tenant screening without a Social Security Number.
Some applicants may not have a Social Security Number (SSN) while others may not want to share that information.
If you believe this is a quality applicant there are still options available to you.
What to do when performing a tenant screening without a Social Security Number?
When screening tenants there are 3 main identifiers a background check service looks for.
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Number
Some tenant screening services start by using the Social Security Number and cannot work without that information.
These are typically instant services that are software that relies on the SSN to find your applicant.
If you use a background service that utilizes FCRA Certified Screeners they’re able to use your applicant’s name and date of birth to identify your applicant and pull records.
How to screen tenants without a SSN
Here at RentPrep it’s a simple three step process:
Step 1: Signup for a free account
You can create an account with RentPrep by clicking here.
Step 2: Choose a RentPrep Background Check
You have the option with our service to run a SmartMove or RentPrep tenant screening report.
SmartMove reports cannot be run without a social security number, so you’ll want to select the RentPrep Background Check.
Step 3: Tip off our screeners that you do not have a SSN
The easiest way to notify our screeners is when you’re entering your applicants Social Security Number just enter all zeros and use 000-00-0000 as your SSN.
This will notify our screeners that you don’t have a Social Security Number. If you want to be thorough you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your order number and that you won’t be providing a SSN.
Does it matter if my tenant has a SSN?
It’s preferable that your applicant has one if they have a very common name. If your applicant’s name is John Smith there is a good chance there other John Smiths born on the same day.
However, it is still possible for us to cross reference databases to narrow down the field.
If you have any questions about screening your tenants feel free to click the Live Chat box on our website to start a conversation with one of our FCRA Certified Screeners.