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TENANT BACKGROUND CHECKS 101: WHY THE PREVIOUS ADDRESS TENANT HISTORY (PATH) IS A CHEAP AND EASY WAY TO SEE IF YOUR PROSPECT IS TELLING THE WHOLE TRUTH

Identity photoThe Previous Address Tenant History, or PATH report, is cheap –only about $6, a cost that is charged against the application fee is most cases.

But dont let the low cost fool you ” this report offers a lot of bang of the buck!

The Previous Address Tenant History:

  • Lists each address that is associated with the applicant’s social security number.
  • Lists the date ranges at each address.

With this information, the landlord can:

  • Evaluate if the prospect is telling the truth on the application.
  • Eliminate shared names from the criminal reports, which are not referenced to social security numbers.
  • Discover if the prospect lived outside the area of the criminal history report ordered so the landlord can broaden the search.
  • Gain another tool to determine if the social security number provided by the applicant is fraudulent.

Remember to order tenant background checks for all of the adults who will be sharing the property. 

Follow this link to see a sample Previous Address Tenant History.

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For more information on Tenant Background Checks, see our interview with Fidelity Information Corporation CEO Jeff Cronrod,TENANT BACKGROUND CHECKS:  LITTLE KNOWN WAYS TO AVOID COSTLY MISTAKES.

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For tips on how your tenant background check can affect your chances for recovery of unpaid rent, check out our series on the blog “Seven Vital Tips to Help You Collect Your Tenant Debt”. 

Check back for next week’s feature, “Everything You Need to Know Before Hiring a Property Management Company“, with Rodney Trepess, CEO, All Property Management.

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