There are a number of tips that seem like a given when you’re in the landlord game: find tenants who will pay rent regularly and maintain your property, have an emergency repairman’s number available at all times, and make sure to check an applicant’s ID. Surprisingly, many of these things are easier said than done. You aren’t always going to know who’s the best fit offhand, you’ll need recommendations to find reliable help, and if you’re accepting a range of applicants, you may not feel the need to check tenant ID if the credit and deposit are there. However, you should always take the extra time to do so.
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When asking for ID, what should you request? Some people will accept a credit card as a form of identification, but we highly recommend you check a driver’s license, state identification card, or social security number. Obtaining this information is important because it allows you to run various screenings, such as background checks, criminal history, credit history, eviction history, and more. Being able to screen your perspective tenants will save you a great number of headaches and help you find the best possible renters for your property.
Not everyone is going to have a driver’s license or state ID, but you should absolutely ask for a social security number whenever possible. There are a variety of affordable screening services available, and you are well within your rights to have applicants pay the fee. Checking tenant identification helps you protect yourself and your investments, so don’t hesitate. Best to know exactly who your renters are at all times. Be sure to request identification from all tenants who will be living in a unit.
For a fantastic alternative to expensive screenings, try our RentalConnect program, which offers property owners and landlords a great alternative to the expense of full tenant screening. This service requires no on-site visit, sign-up, or membership fees, making it extra convenient. The $34.95 service fee is paid by the applicant. Available 24/7, RentalConnect is fast, easy, secure, and delivers reports needed to make an informed decision, including a credit report, a national criminal search, and a national eviction search. Reach out to us for more details!
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