Obtain the same tenant screening reports that landlords receive. Tenant screening companies buy eviction records from third-party sources who review court records each day. The screening companies then sell the information to landlords. Some tenant screening companies also sell information directly to individuals after you supply personal identification such as your Social Security number and driver's license.
Find tenant screening companies by calling several local apartment complexes. Identify yourself only by your first name for privacy reasons. Explain that you are looking for an apartment but have some questions about background checks conducted by the complex. Then ask for the name of the company the complex uses for tenant screening along with a phone number. If necessary, tell the apartment complex representative that you want to ask the screening company how it collects information.
Ask for help from a research assistant at your local library if you don't have a telephone number or web address for the screening companies. Use the assistant's help to identify contact information for several tenant screening agencies.
Contact customer service departments for two of the agencies. Tell them you want to order a tenant background check on yourself. Ordering reports from two separate agencies allows you to compare the reports. Follow the customer service representative's directions for ordering. Then order the reports.
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