No centralized county or state database records rental occupants or units. The county, however, does keep track of home ownership. Home ownership records can indicate whether the current resident is the owner or resident. Keep in mind, it could take about 30 to 60 days for the county assessor or auditor to change the records to display a new home owner. Also, a person can purchase a home using his business name rather than his legal full name.
Go to the county assessor or auditor's website or office in the county in which the property is located. Some county assessors, such as the Los Angeles county assessor, don't have online search indexes. Information about property ownership is only available in person or by sending the office an email.
Submit the property address. When submitting the address online, enter the address of the property into the corresponding fields. When submitting the address in person, give the address to the clerk.
View the property information. The name of the owner of that particular property is provided. If the owner's name is different from the resident's name, it is likely that the resident is renting.
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