Locating eviction records primarily helps landlords decide whether to rent to certain tenants or not. You can access eviction records through public records at the county courthouse, through online public records databases and through background and credit checks. States vary on eviction statutes, but an eviction usually remains on public record for up to 10 years. For this reason, tenants may take action to expunge or seal evictions from their credit records to improve their chances of renting following economic hardship. Though this may affect the accuracy of a tenant's true credit worthiness, an expungement approved by the court can still validate the tenant as a good risk.
Gather as much information about a prospective tenant as possible. Information such as the name, employer, income and Social Security number can be found on a tenant's rental application.
Search public records databases online or in person at the county court house for eviction records. An eviction history may also surface while conducting a background screening or credit check. Some background screening services may charge a fee for an in-depth public records search.
Obtain and keep copies of the tenant's eviction history for your business records. Check these records for accuracy. An accurate eviction record will help you in your decision on whether or not to grant a lease to the prospective tenant.