Husband and I are seeking a rental home. We found a nice house and the landlord has invited us to apply. Last time we applied for rental the property manager had us do a credit/background check via an online service.
This new landlord gave us a paper form asking for SSN, DOB, our checking and savings account numbers, employment history, and other info. The landlord is an older person with a couple investment properties. I'm sure this is not a scam, but I am reluctant to hand all my ID and bank numbers to a stranger.
Advice? Anyone know a simple, reputable online background checking service that I can suggest to this landlord? We would pay the fee.
My goal is to make the landlord comfortable so we can lease the house. The Seattle rental market is very tight. This landlord has his pick of many worthy applicants. We have excellent credit, references, etc.
posted by valannc
on May 26, 2013 -
Rebuilding credit a few years post-divorce and home ownership, does anyone have experience with services like rentreporters.com
that will report rental payment history to credit services? [more inside]
posted by cgk
on Feb 10, 2013 -
I have a friend who just started renting in the area (Detroit, Michigan suburbs). He says his landlord claims that he will increase his credit rating if the rent is paid on time. Is this BS? Or can the landlord have a positive
effect on the credit rating? [Obvious: YANAL, YANML, You Are Not Anyone's Lawyer]
posted by Drasher
on Jan 18, 2010 -
Should I disclose this stuff on my rental application? How far back do they check these things, anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 30, 2009 -
LandlordFilter: Who's got credit and criminal background checking service recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Feb 22, 2009 -
What personal info does my future landlord need from me to make sure I'm legit? How do I make sure he's legit? [more inside]
posted by Asymptote
on Jan 15, 2009 -
What will it take for my friend to find an apartment now that he's been evicted? [more inside]
posted by hamster
on Mar 21, 2006 -