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Tenant Screening: Accessing Bad Check Databases

Check photoWouldn’t you like to find out if an applicant has written a bad check before you rent to them, or make sure the check they offered to you is good before you accept it and give them the keys to your property?

The TeleCheck® Check Verification Service is available to all AAOA members, including free members, either alone or with an AAOA screening package.

TeleCheck is well-known for assisting merchants in separating good check writers from bad ones, allowing them to adopt a liberal check acceptance policy that will benefit both the merchants and their customers.

These same national databases are available to landlords through AAOA and contain real-time information from more than 306,000 businesses and financial institutions.

TeleCheck offers the most accurate check verification service in the industry. These databases provide merchants with continually updated information including bad check activity as it occurs, automated inquiries using the consumer€„¢s identification (Driver€„¢s License or State ID) as well as checking account data.

An applicant’s check writing history can indicate what type of renter they will be.

The basic Verification service quickly separates good and bad check risks using TeleCheck€„¢s negative database. This database comprises more than 51 million bad check records and can help detect a poor rental prospect, as well as a fraudulent application.

The Verification with Risk Management service uses both TeleCheck€„¢s check writer activity and negative databases along with its risk management system to identify not only bad check writing risks, but also good ones. The risk management service utilizes TeleCheck€„¢s risk and predictive-modeling systems to analyze over 30 variables to predict the probability of a check being good. These assessment tools include regression modeling, neural networks, & decision tree analysis.

To access the service visit, and sign up for one of our membership options, including free membership, or our new limited membership that allows access to credit reporting. Premium members receive discounts on tenant screening.

See a sample TeleCheck Verification Report.

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