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How Criminal Background Checks affect Teen Convicted Felons

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jan 16, 2017  |  Share       

Last week, NPR shared a story of Eduardo, a 32 year old man who was tried as an adult at age 17 when he was caught selling cocaine outside his New York apartment building. He was released on parole for good behavior but his criminal record has stayed with him ever since, affecting job and housing opportunities. In December, Governor Cuomo pardoned Eduardo, one of the first pardons in the state for those convicted for non-violent crimes at age 16 or 17, sealing his record from the public. 

Should employers be concerned?

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Topics: hiring employees, Tenant Screening, criminal background check

Update: What Landlords Need to Know About Screening Tenants

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 09, 2016  |  Share       

Landlords must follow regulated processes when choosing tenants for their properties. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) protects consumers from inaccurate information and allows the ability to dispute false claims. If a property owner chooses to screen potential tenants, and if they work with consumer reporting agencies or other companies who provide information about tenants to property owners, these regulations must be followed. In late November 2016, the Federal Trade Commission issued new guidance with regards to tenant screening.

Here's an update on what landlords need to know about screening tenants.

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Topics: Tenant Screening, FCRA Compliance

Cost of a Background Check: How Much Should You Pay?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Sep 14, 2016  |  Share       

Over the past decade, the consumer reporting and background screening industry has seen significant growth. With growth typically comes competition, and with competition usually comes aggressive pricing. The cost of a criminal background check can vary by search type and by screening company (aka Consumer Reporting Agency - CRA). This post is to provide an estimate of what employers and landlords can expect to pay when conducting employment and tenant screening.   

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, A Professional Background Screening Company, Resident Screening, Tenant Screening, Cost of a Background Check

10,000 Refugees Placed in the U.S. Seeking Housing and Employment

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Sep 12, 2016  |  Share       

The New York Times reported last week that 10,000 Syrian refugees have been successfully placed within the United States. Many of the refugees were placed within the past three months. With their new legal status, the families will begin integrating into their communities, looking to connect with relatives already in the country, seeking employment and housing. Both businesses and landlords will need to understand how to help someone who is settling into the country, with previous employment or education records possibly destroyed by war. Will you be prepared? 

What does your HR department need to know in order to hire immigrants? Is your property management company prepared to offer residence to refugees?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, E-verify, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, immigration

Which Background Checks are Best for Tenant Screening?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Aug 29, 2016  |  Share       

Landlords and property managers are wise to consider a potential tenant's background before they decide to rent to them. Not only should you protect your property investment, you may have to think about neighbors, homeowner's associations, security concerns and most importantly, can your tenant pay rent on time? If you go with your gut, you may be shelling out cold hard cash in eviction costs later. In fact, screening before renting can give you peace of mind and a better idea of the person signing the lease agreement. 

Which background checks will give you the answers you need about a new tenant?

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Topics: Tenant Credit Checks, Tenant Screening

What is a Basic Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 19, 2016  |  Share       

For hiring managers, human resources, landlords, property managers or nonprofits, running background checks on applicants, tenants or volunteers may seem like an overwhelming proposition. Cost could be a factor as well as simply not understanding what information would be returned. At VeriFirst, we're frequently asked about "basic background checks" and if the information would be substantial enough to make a hiring or rental decision. 

What is included a basic background check?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening

Will Social Media and Search History Determine a Bad Tenant?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jun 28, 2016  |  Share       

Recent news highlights a new trend: a tenant screening tool that requests access to your Facebook messages. With so much of our social and search information available online, it's no surprise that employers and landlords may want to get to know applicants better. Many questions arise in the advent of Internet searches including privacy concerns. Also, if an applicant refuses to give access to this information, can it be used against them?

Most importantly, does social media and search history determine the ability to be a good tenant?

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Topics: bad tenants, Tenant Screening

The Importance of Quality Employees in Property Management

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, May 09, 2016  |  Share       

Property managers have enough to worry about with maintenance and management of their properties, screening and placing safe and responsible tenants and ensuring rent is paid on time. A VeriFirst client recently shared with us that another challenge is the high rate of employee turnover in their leasing offices. As we went further into the discussion, we recognized the challenge of finding quality employees in property management affects more than just the front office. 

Your front office employees also affect the types of tenants that are being placed in your properties.

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Topics: hiring employees, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, employee behavior

Tenant Screening: Do Criminal Records Matter?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Apr 15, 2016  |  Share       

As a landlord, single or multifamily property owner, you probably already have a process for screening potential tenants. Having a defined rental policy is as important as a prepared lease agreement. Property owners and managers must abide by the Fair Housing Act which protects tenants or property buyers from housing discrimination. Earlier this month, federal changes have mandated that property managers revisit rental policies regarding tenant screening and criminal background checks. Here's what you need to know.

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Topics: Tenant Screening, criminal background check

Students Rent their Rooms on AirBnB

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 12, 2016  |  Share       

Ahhhh college... remember those days when you had ramen for every meal?  The extent of many student's creativity was adding cheese or cut up bologna to your noodles. These days, university students are getting increasingly creative and entrepreurial and it has many schools and student housing property owners upset. Taking advantage of the shared economy, many students are renting their rooms on AirBnB. So what's the problem?

Why are colleges and property owners up in arms about students renting their rooms on AirBnB?

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Topics: bad tenants, Tenant Screening, student housing

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