When an individual fills out a rental application, it includes authorization (or consent) to verify the information provided. Verification encompasses, but is not limited to: credit, employment & income, civil/criminal background, current & past landlords. Verification involves communication between those who seek the tenant’s information and those who can provide and verify the tenant’s information. In addition, our review page says, “By checking this box, I certify that the tenant has given signed authorization or consent to release their information for the purpose of verification.” We are simply taking the landlord verification process online, rather than via phone, email and fax. This is the same way a credit history is compiled.
Only the tenant’s name and past addresses are visible on the report. All other searchable tenant data is invisible, encrypted and safeguarded on the site.
We do not ask for, nor do we receive the tenant’s entire social security number. It is OPTIONAL for you to enter ONLY the last four digits of a tenant’s social security number, which allows for a more specific search result.
No. The report says, "Reviewed by: Property Manager" or "Reviewed by: Property Owner/Landlord."
There are many ways to search for a tenant: Name, DOB, Phone Number, Email Address, and ONLY the last 4 of a social security number. The more data you enter the more specific and accurate the search results.
Yes. You can upload both CSV and XLXS formats. Once the tenant data is uploaded it is searchable, encrypted and safeguarded.
Yes. Under the heading "Resources" click on "Sample Landlord Verification" or click HERE.
Tenants may contact us in writing with their complaint. We can then contact the reviewer and investigate the veracity of the tenant review.
We do not keep reports longer than seven years.
Avoid Crappy Tenants® is similar to credit reporting agencies that collect data voluntarily entered by creditors. Creditors don’t get sued for reporting data that results in a poor credit score. Avoid Crappy Tenants® is collecting factual data entered by landlords and property managers. The questions asked on the report are fact-based, yes or no questions and should be easily provable. (See Sample Report under Resources.) There is also a place on the report to upload photos as evidence, if you like. In addition, most property management organizations and individuals maintain historical files of tenant data and can access them as evidence if necessary. We strongly discourage inputting false data on the website.