Tenant Screening Reports for Landlords

All landlords should run tenant credit checks before signing any lease agreement — and AAOA can streamline that process.

Our reports give you the assurance you need to properly vet your rental applicants and make an informed decision to find the right tenant.

  • Run a report and receive your results instantly! Our system is fully automated and allows you to process reports 24/7.
  • Use tenant credit checks to protect your rental properties against renters who try to hide red flags in their rental applications.
  • Enjoy no documentation, underwriting or onsite inspection requirements when you check tenant credit with AAOA.

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What is included in a tenant screening report?

Our tenant screening reports can include credit checks, eviction history, criminal reports and more.

Explore our AAOA Tenant Verification Services below:

Looking for a la carte tenant screening services? AAOA offers individual reports, allowing you to create your own tenant screening package to check credit and verify income.

Consider LeaseGuarantee: More Protection Than a Security Deposit

Each prospective tenant that is screened through AAOA services also gets processed through LeaseGuarantee.
LeaseGuarantee is unique to our members as a security deposit alternative. Built to prevent landlords from losing money to damages and eviction filings, this service offers protection options up to $10,000 and includes all individuals listed on the lease agreement for 12 months — and it’s renewable! You can also choose who pays, landlord or tenant.
Learn More About LeaseGuarantee >

What is a tenant screening report?

A tenant screening report provides a landlord or property manager with a prospective renter’s financial rental history. These reports can include their credit, eviction and criminal history, which helps to paint a full picture of the potential renter’s character. 

With this information, the landlord can determine whether they feel confident renting to this person based on their ability to pay rent and respect the rental property. For best practices, a landlord should only offer a tenant a lease agreement after reviewing these reports.

Important note: Credit score, eviction and criminal history screening reports may only be fulfilled once the tenant provides written consent on their rental application. 

Why are tenant screening services important?

Conducting a tenant background search is not only recommended but essential. Understanding whether someone paid rent on time or whether they have an eviction history can prevent months of trouble.

On a tenant screening report, evictions remain visible for seven years. That is crucial information for any landlord or property manager. While tenant reports may take time and effort to carry out, there are some great reasons to put in the effort.

Make an Informed Decision

The most important benefit of conducting a rental screening is to make the best decision. A comprehensive tenant screening report tells you everything you need to know about the character and fiscal responsibility of a potential renter.

Chasing tenants for nonpayment and evicting them can take months, with significant legal costs involved — and that’s before repairing any damage that may have been caused to the property. These tenants put a tremendous financial strain on landlords. A simple tenant background check is an investment well worth making.

Protect Yourself Against Liability

Retaining the documentation from a rigorous tenant verification report protects you in case someone decides to sue you for alleged discrimination.

These reports demonstrate that you have followed all the laws of your state and did not breach a potential renter’s rights when making your decision.

In this respect, the point of a tenant screening report is to demonstrate that you took all reasonable steps during the application process.

Defend Your Community

Under Fair Housing Laws, landlords cannot reject a renter based on the fact they have a criminal history alone. On the other hand, they can use a criminal background check to make an informed decision.

For example, if someone has recently committed a child sex crime and your home is located two blocks away from an elementary school, you would be able to reject a candidate on this basis.

Landlords must preserve the safety and well-being of other tenants, their neighbors and their communities when renting out their properties.

How does tenant screening work?

A tenant screening report is the result of an independent screening service, but how do they work?

They are designed to make life simple for landlords. All you need to do is send the required personal information about the tenant to the background check provider. Using this information, they can explore all publicly available records on your behalf.

You can customize your checks according to what you want to know about a tenant. Some of the checks offered include:

  • Criminal history checks
  • Credit checks
  • Sex offender history
  • Eviction history
  • Verification services

They conduct their checks in a manner that ensures both you and the tenant remain compliant with federal and state law.

While you have a choice regarding the types of checks you can carry out, it is recommended that you obtain as much information as humanly possible. The more data you have, the more informed a decision you can make.

Depending on the service, it may take anywhere from 24 hours to a few days to receive your tenant screening report.

All the information will be presented and categorized conveniently to make determining whether someone is a suitable candidate as simple as possible.

Take note that the amount of detail you receive largely depends on the service you purchase. Basic checks may reveal nothing more than whether someone has a criminal record.

How to order a tenant screening report

Our process is easy, secure and fast:

Tenant screening made easy

Easy

You'll be provided instant access to any tenant screening report you wish to see except the credit report and score.

Select and order a tenant screening package.

Secure tenant background checks

Secure

AAOA will email your tenant a unique link where they will login to confirm their identity and agree to release their credit details to you.

See the email your tenant will receive.

Fast tenant credit reports

Fast

AAOA immediately notifies you via email when the credit report and score are ready to be viewed.

See the email we send you.

By using AAOA as your trusted tenant verification service, you can access renters' credit checks and credit reports for landlords quickly and easily thanks to our tenant cooperation service. No documentation, underwriting or onsite inspection is required. 

Tips for advanced tenant screening

Dig deeper into prospective renters and get more information on who they are and how likely they are to be great long-term renters with these tips:

  • Look them up on their social media accounts, if they can be found.
  • Define written qualifications for tenants to attract a higher quality of renter.
  • Beware of false positives, especially if a tenant has a common name.
  • Hold applications for a minimum of seven years to defend yourself from liability.
  • Run a background check on individual applicants if a couple or family is making a rental application.

What is a tenant credit check?

Would you like to know if your candidate has bounced checks before they pass one off to you?

Include the large TeleCheck bad check database — the same information used by merchants nationwide — in your next tenant check. We proudly offer credit reports by all three major credit bureaus. All accounts are set to receive a TransUnion report by default. However, if you become underwritten you will have the option of selecting an Experian, TransUnion and/or Equifax report.

Once you check tenant credit, you can easily tell whether your applicant can afford the rent, is employed or has a good payment history. With additional reports, you also can discover if the candidate has a dangerous criminal history, has been evicted in the past or is hiding a previous address.

A word of caution when you check tenant credit: Avoid using a report provided by the rental applicant. It's easy to falsify the information on a rental screening and it may be difficult to determine how old the report is. There would be no way of knowing if the tenant is trying to hide something.

Get underwritten and receive instant credit reports — no cooperation is required!

When being underwritten as a tenant screening company, AAOA is not required to contact the potential tenant and obtain permission to release their renter credit report. Instead, the credit report results are instant and provided to you immediately, along with any other reports ordered.

Any level of membership can be underwritten to receive instant and immediate screening checks without the prospective tenant's cooperation. However, you are still required to have the tenant sign a rental application form.

To learn more about the underwriting process, please select the category below that best describes you:

Individual Owner

I am an individual owner/controlling partner of a small number (approximately 25 units or less) of rental units and hold title as an individual, fictitious business name, closely held corporation, family trust or LLC.

The rental unit must be separate living quarters with a physical address. If you still reside in the unit or property you are renting you will not pass the underwriting process. You can still obtain tenant credit checks and process screening reports with our tenant cooperation method. All members have tenant cooperation as the default method for screening.

All information below is required by the major credit bureaus in order to comply with federal guidelines.

  • Onsite Physical Inspection. A 3rd party, approved by the major credit bureaus, inspects the location of where you manage your properties. The inspector looks to ensure your location is secure and you own a paper shredder.

    Properties managed from:

    • Residential locations have a yearly inspection fee.
    • Commercial locations have a one-time inspection fee.
    • If you move an additional inspection and fee will be required.
    • Inspection fees range fees range from $0 to $79 depending on your AAOA membership.
  • Your Driver's License
    • Please enlarge and copy in "photo or image mode" for a clearer image
  • A voided check or bank deposit ticket where rent is deposited
    • The credit bureaus require this information as an added step of security to ensure you have a bank account to deposit rent.
  • One (1) of the following items showing the owner's name and dated within the last twelve (12) months:
    • A signed rental application or
    • A signed rental lease
  • The name title is held in and the address of the property TenantAlert provides the ability to send the required documents by upload, email, mail, or fax. Instructions on how to send the required documents will be provided after ordering a report and clicking on the "Unlock Credit Report" button or during the registration process.

    FOR SMALL PRIVATE COMPANIES ONLY, in addition to the above please provide:

  • A list of properties and one (1) of the following four (4) items showing your name, mailing address, and property address:
    • Business license status from government website or
    • Fictitious Business Name (DBA) filing with proof of filing or
    • State Tax Records originating from the State Government or
    • Federal Tax Records originating from the Federal Government
Please allow 1 to 3 business days for your account to be approved. Once approved, credit access is immediate and full credit reports are provided within seconds of placing your tenant screening package order. Any missing information will delay the underwriting process.
Large Private Company

I am an owner/managing employee of one or more large apartment complexes, or an officer of a corporation owning one or more large apartment complexes.

The rental unit must be separate living quarters with a physical address. If you still reside in the unit or property you are renting you will not pass the underwriting process. You can still obtain credit checks and process screening reports with our tenant cooperation method. All members have tenant cooperation as the default method for tenant screening

All information below is required by the major credit bureaus in order to comply with federal guidelines.

  • Onsite Physical Inspection. A 3rd party, approved by the major credit bureaus, inspects the location of where you manage your properties. The inspector looks to ensure your location is secure and you own a paper shredder.

    Properties managed from:

    • Residential locations have a yearly inspection fee.
    • Commercial locations have a one-time inspection fee.
    • If you move an additional inspection and fee will be required.
    • Inspection fees range fees range from $0 to $79 depending on your AAOA membership.
  • Your Driver's License
    • Please enlarge and copy in "photo or image mode" for a clearer image
  • A voided check or bank deposit ticket where rent is deposited
    • The credit bureaus require this information as an added step of security to ensure you have a bank account to deposit rent.
  • At least one (1) of the following four (4) items showing your name, mailing address, and property address:
    • Business license status from government website or
    • Fictitious Business Name (DBA) filing with proof of filing or
    • State Tax Records originating from the State Government or
    • Federal Tax Records originating from the Federal Government
  • Three (3) signed rental applications [existing tenants or new applicants that include:
    • Name
    • Social Security Number (SSN)
    • Current Address
    • Date of Birth (DOB)
    • Signature (clearly authorizing you to obtain a credit report)
    • and the Address of the rental property
  • A complete list of all rental properties including the property name and address
Please allow 1 to 3 business days for your account to be approved. Once approved, credit access is immediate and full credit reports are provided within seconds of placing your tenant screening package order. Any missing information will delay the underwriting process.
Property Management Company

I am an officer or managing employee of a fee based Property Management Company.

The rental unit must be separate living quarters with a physical address. If you still reside in the unit or property you are renting you will not pass the underwriting process. You can still obtain credit checks and process screening reports with our tenant cooperation method. All members have tenant cooperation as the default method for tenant screening.

All information below is required by the major credit bureaus in order to comply with federal guidelines.

  • Onsite Physical Inspection. A 3rd party, approved by the major credit bureaus, inspects the location of where you manage your properties. The inspector looks to ensure your location is secure and you own a paper shredder.

    Properties managed from:

    • Residential locations have a yearly inspection fee.
    • Commercial locations have a one-time inspection fee.
    • If you move an additional inspection and fee will be required.
    • Inspection fees range fees range from $0 to $79 depending on your AAOA membership.
  • Your Driver's License
    • Please enlarge and copy in "photo or image mode" for a clearer image
  • A voided check or bank deposit ticket where rent is deposited
    • The credit bureaus require this information as an added step of security to ensure you have a bank account to deposit rent.
  • At least one (1) of the following four (4) items showing your name, mailing address, and property address:
    • Business license status from government website or
    • Fictitious Business Name (DBA) filing with proof of filing or
    • State Tax Records originating from the State Government or
    • Federal Tax Records originating from the Federal Government
  • At least one (1) of the following two (2) items:
    • Contract between Property Management Company and a property owner for whom you manage or
    • A blank contract and an existing client reference including a contact name, phone, and length of relationship with your Property Management Company
  • A complete list of all rental properties including the property name and address
Please allow 1 to 3 business days for your account to be approved. Once approved, credit access is immediate and full credit reports are provided within seconds of placing your tenant screening package order. Any missing information will delay the underwriting process.
Real Estate Broker

I am an officer or managing employee of a fee based Property Management Company.

The rental unit must be separate living quarters with a physical address. If you still reside in the unit or property you are renting you will not pass the underwriting process. You can still obtain credit checks and process screening reports with our tenant cooperation method. All members have tenant cooperation as the default method for tenant screening.

All information below is required by the major credit bureaus in order to comply with federal guidelines.

  • Onsite Physical Inspection. A 3rd party, approved by the major credit bureaus, inspects the location of where you manage your properties. The inspector looks to ensure your location is secure and you own a paper shredder.

    Properties managed from:

    • Residential locations have a yearly inspection fee.
    • Commercial locations have a one-time inspection fee.
    • If you move an additional inspection and fee will be required.
    • Inspection fees range fees range from $0 to $79 depending on your AAOA membership.
  • Your Driver's License
    • Please enlarge and copy in "photo or image mode" for a clearer image
  • A voided check or bank deposit ticket where rent is deposited
    • The credit bureaus require this information as an added step of security to ensure you have a bank account to deposit rent.
  • At least one(1) of the following three (3) items showing your name, mailing address, and property address:
    • Landlord/Tenant Court with proof of filing (judgment) or
    • Proof of Membership in a local/regional/national Apartment Association or
    • At least 3 signed rental applications (existing tenants or new applicants) that includes
      • Name
      • Social Security Number (SSN)
      • Current Address
      • Date of Birth (DOB)
      • Signature (clearly authorizing you to obtain a credit report
      • and the Address of the rental property
  • At least one (1) of the following five (5) itemsshowing your name, mailing address, and property address:
    • Name
    • Business license status from a government website
    • Business license, copy or documented verification with issuing authority
    • Documented corporation verification with state or federal government
    • Articles of Incorporation with proof of filing
    • State/Federal Tax Records originating from the State/Federal Government
FOR INDEPENDENT REAL ESTATE AGENTS CONTRACTRATED WITH A REAL ESTATE FIRM, in addition to the above, please provide one (1) of the following:
  • Real Estate Broker's License status from government website or
  • Real Estate Broker's License, copy or documented verification with issuing authority
Please allow 1 to 3 business days for your account to be approved. Once approved, credit access is immediate and full credit reports are provided within seconds of placing your tenant screening package order. Any missing information will delay the underwriting process.

Why you should choose AAOA for tenant screening services

Tenant screening services give you the chance to screen tenants and ensure that you are renting to the right person. Carrying out manual checks is complicated, and if your property portfolio isn’t extensive enough for a dedicated property manager, there are independent background check services available.

We help you qualify and screen tenants with our tenant screening service for landlords. We offer a variety of rental tenant credit checks, providing you with the best data and value in screening packages anywhere. AAOA’s tenant verification service gives you the ability to process a tenant credit check for a rental applicant at any time, day or night, with instant results posted securely online for your review.

AAOA tenant screening reports can be paid by either the landlord or tenant, offering increased payment flexibility. Additionally, the reports are a soft credit pull and fully automated 24/7.

Here’s why thousands of professional landlords have already invested in comprehensive tenant screening with us:

  • Instant Tenant Screening: From criminal background checks to credit reports, get the best tenant screening service at the click of a button. This service tells you everything you need to know — without you needing to lift a finger.
  • State-Specific Legal Forms: Ensure you remain compliant with your state’s rules on renting with state-specific legal forms. All forms are fully updated with the latest rules and regulations.
  • Landlord Resources: Enjoy our comprehensive resources and learn more about filtering candidates, selecting higher-quality tenants and more.

Get started and join today!

The AAOA offers the most comprehensive, instant tenant background checks available. Get instant data on your tenants now when you join AAOA.

What is a tenant screening report?

A tenant screening report provides a landlord or property manager with a prospective renter’s financial rental history. These reports can include their credit, eviction and criminal history, which helps to paint a full picture of the potential renter’s character. 

With this information, the landlord can determine whether they feel confident renting to this person based on their ability to pay rent and respect the rental property. For best practices, a landlord should only offer a tenant a lease agreement after reviewing these reports.

Important note: Credit score, eviction and criminal history screening reports may only be fulfilled once the tenant provides written consent on their rental application. 

Why are tenant screening services important?

Conducting a tenant background search is not only recommended but essential. Understanding whether someone paid rent on time or whether they have an eviction history can prevent months of trouble.

On a tenant screening report, evictions remain visible for seven years. That is crucial information for any landlord or property manager. While tenant reports may take time and effort to carry out, there are some great reasons to put in the effort.

Make an Informed Decision

The most important benefit of conducting a rental screening is to make the best decision. A comprehensive tenant screening report tells you everything you need to know about the character and fiscal responsibility of a potential renter.

Chasing tenants for nonpayment and evicting them can take months, with significant legal costs involved — and that’s before repairing any damage that may have been caused to the property. These tenants put a tremendous financial strain on landlords. A simple tenant background check is an investment well worth making.

Protect Yourself Against Liability

Retaining the documentation from a rigorous tenant verification report protects you in case someone decides to sue you for alleged discrimination.

These reports demonstrate that you have followed all the laws of your state and did not breach a potential renter’s rights when making your decision.

In this respect, the point of a tenant screening report is to demonstrate that you took all reasonable steps during the application process.

Defend Your Community

Under Fair Housing Laws, landlords cannot reject a renter based on the fact they have a criminal history alone. On the other hand, they can use a criminal background check to make an informed decision.

For example, if someone has recently committed a child sex crime and your home is located two blocks away from an elementary school, you would be able to reject a candidate on this basis.

Landlords must preserve the safety and well-being of other tenants, their neighbors and their communities when renting out their properties.

How does tenant screening work?

A tenant screening report is the result of an independent screening service, but how do they work?

They are designed to make life simple for landlords. All you need to do is send the required personal information about the tenant to the background check provider. Using this information, they can explore all publicly available records on your behalf.

You can customize your checks according to what you want to know about a tenant. Some of the checks offered include:

  • Criminal history checks
  • Credit checks
  • Sex offender history
  • Eviction history
  • Verification services

They conduct their checks in a manner that ensures both you and the tenant remain compliant with federal and state law.

While you have a choice regarding the types of checks you can carry out, it is recommended that you obtain as much information as humanly possible. The more data you have, the more informed a decision you can make.

Depending on the service, it may take anywhere from 24 hours to a few days to receive your tenant screening report.

All the information will be presented and categorized conveniently to make determining whether someone is a suitable candidate as simple as possible.

Take note that the amount of detail you receive largely depends on the service you purchase. Basic checks may reveal nothing more than whether someone has a criminal record.

How to order a tenant screening report

Our process is easy, secure and fast:

Tenant screening made easy

Easy

You'll be provided instant access to any tenant screening report you wish to see except the credit report and score.

Select and order a tenant screening package.

Secure tenant background checks

Secure

AAOA will email your tenant a unique link where they will login to confirm their identity and agree to release their credit details to you.

See the email your tenant will receive.

Fast tenant credit reports

Fast

AAOA immediately notifies you via email when the credit report and score are ready to be viewed.

See the email we send you.

By using AAOA as your trusted tenant verification service, you can access renters' credit checks and credit reports for landlords quickly and easily thanks to our tenant cooperation service. No documentation, underwriting or onsite inspection is required. 

Tips for advanced tenant screening

Dig deeper into prospective renters and get more information on who they are and how likely they are to be great long-term renters with these tips:

  • Look them up on their social media accounts, if they can be found.
  • Define written qualifications for tenants to attract a higher quality of renter.
  • Beware of false positives, especially if a tenant has a common name.
  • Hold applications for a minimum of seven years to defend yourself from liability.
  • Run a background check on individual applicants if a couple or family is making a rental application.

What is a tenant credit check?

Would you like to know if your candidate has bounced checks before they pass one off to you?

Include the large TeleCheck bad check database — the same information used by merchants nationwide — in your next tenant check. We proudly offer credit reports by all three major credit bureaus. All accounts are set to receive a TransUnion report by default. However, if you become underwritten you will have the option of selecting an Experian, TransUnion and/or Equifax report.

Once you check tenant credit, you can easily tell whether your applicant can afford the rent, is employed or has a good payment history. With additional reports, you also can discover if the candidate has a dangerous criminal history, has been evicted in the past or is hiding a previous address.

A word of caution when you check tenant credit: Avoid using a report provided by the rental applicant. It's easy to falsify the information on a rental screening and it may be difficult to determine how old the report is. There would be no way of knowing if the tenant is trying to hide something.

Get underwritten and receive instant credit reports — no cooperation is required!

When being underwritten as a tenant screening company, AAOA is not required to contact the potential tenant and obtain permission to release their renter credit report. Instead, the credit report results are instant and provided to you immediately, along with any other reports ordered.

Any level of membership can be underwritten to receive instant and immediate screening checks without the prospective tenant's cooperation. However, you are still required to have the tenant sign a rental application form.

To learn more about the underwriting process, please select the category below that best describes you:

Individual Owner

I am an individual owner/controlling partner of a small number (approximately 25 units or less) of rental units and hold title as an individual, fictitious business name, closely held corporation, family trust or LLC.

The rental unit must be separate living quarters with a physical address. If you still reside in the unit or property you are renting you will not pass the underwriting process. You can still obtain tenant credit checks and process screening reports with our tenant cooperation method. All members have tenant cooperation as the default method for screening.

All information below is required by the major credit bureaus in order to comply with federal guidelines.

  • Onsite Physical Inspection. A 3rd party, approved by the major credit bureaus, inspects the location of where you manage your properties. The inspector looks to ensure your location is secure and you own a paper shredder.

    Properties managed from:

    • Residential locations have a yearly inspection fee.
    • Commercial locations have a one-time inspection fee.
    • If you move an additional inspection and fee will be required.
    • Inspection fees range fees range from $0 to $79 depending on your AAOA membership.
  • Your Driver's License
    • Please enlarge and copy in "photo or image mode" for a clearer image
  • A voided check or bank deposit ticket where rent is deposited
    • The credit bureaus require this information as an added step of security to ensure you have a bank account to deposit rent.
  • One (1) of the following items showing the owner's name and dated within the last twelve (12) months:
    • A signed rental application or
    • A signed rental lease
  • The name title is held in and the address of the property TenantAlert provides the ability to send the required documents by upload, email, mail, or fax. Instructions on how to send the required documents will be provided after ordering a report and clicking on the "Unlock Credit Report" button or during the registration process.

    FOR SMALL PRIVATE COMPANIES ONLY, in addition to the above please provide:

  • A list of properties and one (1) of the following four (4) items showing your name, mailing address, and property address:
    • Business license status from government website or
    • Fictitious Business Name (DBA) filing with proof of filing or
    • State Tax Records originating from the State Government or
    • Federal Tax Records originating from the Federal Government
Please allow 1 to 3 business days for your account to be approved. Once approved, credit access is immediate and full credit reports are provided within seconds of placing your tenant screening package order. Any missing information will delay the underwriting process.
Large Private Company

I am an owner/managing employee of one or more large apartment complexes, or an officer of a corporation owning one or more large apartment complexes.

The rental unit must be separate living quarters with a physical address. If you still reside in the unit or property you are renting you will not pass the underwriting process. You can still obtain credit checks and process screening reports with our tenant cooperation method. All members have tenant cooperation as the default method for tenant screening

All information below is required by the major credit bureaus in order to comply with federal guidelines.

  • Onsite Physical Inspection. A 3rd party, approved by the major credit bureaus, inspects the location of where you manage your properties. The inspector looks to ensure your location is secure and you own a paper shredder.

    Properties managed from:

    • Residential locations have a yearly inspection fee.
    • Commercial locations have a one-time inspection fee.
    • If you move an additional inspection and fee will be required.
    • Inspection fees range fees range from $0 to $79 depending on your AAOA membership.
  • Your Driver's License
    • Please enlarge and copy in "photo or image mode" for a clearer image
  • A voided check or bank deposit ticket where rent is deposited
    • The credit bureaus require this information as an added step of security to ensure you have a bank account to deposit rent.
  • At least one (1) of the following four (4) items showing your name, mailing address, and property address:
    • Business license status from government website or
    • Fictitious Business Name (DBA) filing with proof of filing or
    • State Tax Records originating from the State Government or
    • Federal Tax Records originating from the Federal Government
  • Three (3) signed rental applications [existing tenants or new applicants that include:
    • Name
    • Social Security Number (SSN)
    • Current Address
    • Date of Birth (DOB)
    • Signature (clearly authorizing you to obtain a credit report)
    • and the Address of the rental property
  • A complete list of all rental properties including the property name and address
Please allow 1 to 3 business days for your account to be approved. Once approved, credit access is immediate and full credit reports are provided within seconds of placing your tenant screening package order. Any missing information will delay the underwriting process.
Property Management Company

I am an officer or managing employee of a fee based Property Management Company.

The rental unit must be separate living quarters with a physical address. If you still reside in the unit or property you are renting you will not pass the underwriting process. You can still obtain credit checks and process screening reports with our tenant cooperation method. All members have tenant cooperation as the default method for tenant screening.

All information below is required by the major credit bureaus in order to comply with federal guidelines.

  • Onsite Physical Inspection. A 3rd party, approved by the major credit bureaus, inspects the location of where you manage your properties. The inspector looks to ensure your location is secure and you own a paper shredder.

    Properties managed from:

    • Residential locations have a yearly inspection fee.
    • Commercial locations have a one-time inspection fee.
    • If you move an additional inspection and fee will be required.
    • Inspection fees range fees range from $0 to $79 depending on your AAOA membership.
  • Your Driver's License
    • Please enlarge and copy in "photo or image mode" for a clearer image
  • A voided check or bank deposit ticket where rent is deposited
    • The credit bureaus require this information as an added step of security to ensure you have a bank account to deposit rent.
  • At least one (1) of the following four (4) items showing your name, mailing address, and property address:
    • Business license status from government website or
    • Fictitious Business Name (DBA) filing with proof of filing or
    • State Tax Records originating from the State Government or
    • Federal Tax Records originating from the Federal Government
  • At least one (1) of the following two (2) items:
    • Contract between Property Management Company and a property owner for whom you manage or
    • A blank contract and an existing client reference including a contact name, phone, and length of relationship with your Property Management Company
  • A complete list of all rental properties including the property name and address
Please allow 1 to 3 business days for your account to be approved. Once approved, credit access is immediate and full credit reports are provided within seconds of placing your tenant screening package order. Any missing information will delay the underwriting process.
Real Estate Broker

I am an officer or managing employee of a fee based Property Management Company.

The rental unit must be separate living quarters with a physical address. If you still reside in the unit or property you are renting you will not pass the underwriting process. You can still obtain credit checks and process screening reports with our tenant cooperation method. All members have tenant cooperation as the default method for tenant screening.

All information below is required by the major credit bureaus in order to comply with federal guidelines.

  • Onsite Physical Inspection. A 3rd party, approved by the major credit bureaus, inspects the location of where you manage your properties. The inspector looks to ensure your location is secure and you own a paper shredder.

    Properties managed from:

    • Residential locations have a yearly inspection fee.
    • Commercial locations have a one-time inspection fee.
    • If you move an additional inspection and fee will be required.
    • Inspection fees range fees range from $0 to $79 depending on your AAOA membership.
  • Your Driver's License
    • Please enlarge and copy in "photo or image mode" for a clearer image
  • A voided check or bank deposit ticket where rent is deposited
    • The credit bureaus require this information as an added step of security to ensure you have a bank account to deposit rent.
  • At least one(1) of the following three (3) items showing your name, mailing address, and property address:
    • Landlord/Tenant Court with proof of filing (judgment) or
    • Proof of Membership in a local/regional/national Apartment Association or
    • At least 3 signed rental applications (existing tenants or new applicants) that includes
      • Name
      • Social Security Number (SSN)
      • Current Address
      • Date of Birth (DOB)
      • Signature (clearly authorizing you to obtain a credit report
      • and the Address of the rental property
  • At least one (1) of the following five (5) itemsshowing your name, mailing address, and property address:
    • Name
    • Business license status from a government website
    • Business license, copy or documented verification with issuing authority
    • Documented corporation verification with state or federal government
    • Articles of Incorporation with proof of filing
    • State/Federal Tax Records originating from the State/Federal Government
FOR INDEPENDENT REAL ESTATE AGENTS CONTRACTRATED WITH A REAL ESTATE FIRM, in addition to the above, please provide one (1) of the following:
  • Real Estate Broker's License status from government website or
  • Real Estate Broker's License, copy or documented verification with issuing authority
Please allow 1 to 3 business days for your account to be approved. Once approved, credit access is immediate and full credit reports are provided within seconds of placing your tenant screening package order. Any missing information will delay the underwriting process.

Why you should choose AAOA for tenant screening services

Tenant screening services give you the chance to screen tenants and ensure that you are renting to the right person. Carrying out manual checks is complicated, and if your property portfolio isn’t extensive enough for a dedicated property manager, there are independent background check services available.

We help you qualify and screen tenants with our tenant screening service for landlords. We offer a variety of rental tenant credit checks, providing you with the best data and value in screening packages anywhere. AAOA’s tenant verification service gives you the ability to process a tenant credit check for a rental applicant at any time, day or night, with instant results posted securely online for your review.

AAOA tenant screening reports can be paid by either the landlord or tenant, offering increased payment flexibility. Additionally, the reports are a soft credit pull and fully automated 24/7.

Here’s why thousands of professional landlords have already invested in comprehensive tenant screening with us:

  • Instant Tenant Screening: From criminal background checks to credit reports, get the best tenant screening service at the click of a button. This service tells you everything you need to know — without you needing to lift a finger.
  • State-Specific Legal Forms: Ensure you remain compliant with your state’s rules on renting with state-specific legal forms. All forms are fully updated with the latest rules and regulations.
  • Landlord Resources: Enjoy our comprehensive resources and learn more about filtering candidates, selecting higher-quality tenants and more.

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The AAOA offers the most comprehensive, instant tenant background checks available. Get instant data on your tenants now when you join AAOA.