Tenant Screening Tool Gives Landlords the Edge

Put the power of skip-tracing to work for you when you screen your tenants with the Trace Detail report.

tenant screeningTrace Detail reports allow you to intensify your searches by filling in gaps in a sketchy background check.  Based on a trace of an individual’s social security number, you can verify that individual’s address, and locate associates, neighbors and relatives.

This additional information is helpful when cross-checking tenant screening reports to find out if your applicant is hiding information from you.  It is also critical for tenant debt collection.

When should I use a Trace Detail?

When you only find traces of the individual, the Trace Detail report helps fill in the gaps. This report provides an in-depth trace on the individual, including verified addressed, and names of people who may have close contact with the individual. This offers a great advantage when having difficulty locating information on an individual, and when cross-checking tenant screening reports.

How do I search effectively?

Use only a social security number to get the best results.

Try last name, first name and state as a secondary search for additional results.

What information is returned?

  • Verified and/or Shared Addresses
  • Roommates
  • Friends
  • Associates
  • Relatives
  • Neighbors

What are the uses for the data on this report?

  • Verify an address for the individual
  • Probe neighbors, relatives and/or friends
  • Determine occupants at the address

Why contact a neighbor?

Adhering to state laws, neighbors may be contacted to locate the individual. Neighbors are usually very willing to cooperate and sometimes are able to provide a wealth of information.

  • Is the subject still there
  • Additional occupants of the house
  • When they moved
  • A forwarding address or new area

Who else can I contact?

As an alternative approach, contacting a third party may help in locating the individual. Spouses, parents, roommates, siblings, former boyfriends or girlfriends that currently live or have previously lived with the individual can be very willing to help in your endeavor. This is often very successful where other methods have failed.

To order a Trace Detail report, visit Tenant Screening.

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