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Will Social Media and Search History Determine a Bad Tenant?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jun 28, 2016

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: Tenant Background Screening

The Importance of Quality Employees in Property Management

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, May 09, 2016

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: Tenant Background Screening, Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Tenant Screening: Do Criminal Records Matter?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Apr 15, 2016

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: Types of Background Checks, Tenant Background Screening

Students Rent their Rooms on AirBnB

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 12, 2016

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: Tenant Background Screening

The Pros and Cons of a Quick Background Check

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Quick Background Checks

We get it. There are many of us with a "fear of commitment". Even if you've been courting an awesome job candidate or are ready to rent to the perfect tenant, sometimes you only want a quick background check instead of committing to a third party background screening company. This is especially true if you know that your awesome job candidate or tenant could be off the market soon. You want to move swiftly. You also want credible data that you can depend on when making a decision on the right people. Is a quick background check a good idea? Let's dig deeper. 

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Tenant Background Screening

Tenant Screening Tips for the Individual Landlord (Credit Checks and more)

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 20, 2015

Independent property owners, including those that are looking to rent out their own home, are right to have concerns. They want to make sure the mortgage can still be paid and on time. They want to know that their beloved home will be left in capable hands with a trusted tenant. Here are a few helpful tenant screening tips for the individual landlord.

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening

Medical Debt Reporting Changes on Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Earlier this week, the three major credit bureaus announced that they would be overhauling their credit reporting of medical debt. As a hiring manager or property owner, you may be wondering how this will affect your employee or tenant screening. Let's take a closer look.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening

Deter Criminals. Do a Background Check.

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Feb 12, 2015

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Background checks are typically used during an employer's hiring process or for property managers screening potential tenants. Generally a criminal screen is included to make sure the applicant or tenant will not be a safety risk to your business, fellow employees or tenants. In some cases, the mere fact that you have a stringent background screening policy will deter criminals. 

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening

What Background Checks do Property Owners Need

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 19, 2014

The tenant screening process is always a bit of a dicey one. You may think that the tenant you're considering is being truthful and they may well be. But the bottom line is that you are letting someone else live in a property that you own or manage. Therefore it's vital that you go as far as your gut tells you and that you conduct a thorough tenant screening process.

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening

Top 10 Background Screening Blogs of 2014

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 12, 2014

The end of the year is sneaking up on us quickly and before we know it, it'll be 2015. Before we bid farewell to the previous 12 months, we thought we'd do a recap of the most popular background screening posts from this year. In David Letterman style, we'll start at number 10. 

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Topics: Human Resources, Types of Background Checks, Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting