FAQs on Screening Reports

How to Order a RentPrep Background Check

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to order a RentPrep Background Check. Key information will either be highlighted in yellow or called out with an orange arrow. ------------------------- Step #1 - Create a free RentPrep account Link: https://screen.rentprep.com/account/register ------------------------- Step #2 - Select the RentPrep Background Check from your Orders Create Page Link: https://screen.rentprep.com/orders/create ------------------------- Step #3 -...

Insufficient Credit Explanation

Insufficient credit means that there was not enough data to create a credit score for the applicant. If the person has no credit cards or previous loans then there is "insufficient credit" to create a credit score that we could report. This is common with younger renters who may not have a long credit history.

How long does it take to complete a tenant background check?

Our RentPrep Background Check tenant screening reports are hand-compiled by a FCRA Certified screener within one to two business hours of you submitting your order. If you order while the office is closed it will be worked on the next business morning. Our current (Eastern Standard Hours) hours are the following: - Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST - Sat: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST - Sun: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST SmartMove turnaround times are dependent on how quickly your applicant takes ...

Tenant Applicant Did Not Provide SSN (social security number)

If your tenant did not provide their social security number, we can still run a report if you have their name, date of birth and current address. Be sure to use the SSN 000-00-0000 as a placeholder and our Screeners will recognize that you did not have the SSN at the time of ordering. It is advised for accuracy purposes that you do get the SSN if possible.

Do I see an actual credit score on my credit decision report?

Whether or not you see an actual credit score depends on the package you selected. A Credit Decision Report Doesn't Show The Specific Score If you order the RentPrep background check, you can add a credit decision report which is based on a pass/fail score. This allows us to provide zero tenant involvement which some landlords prefer. You decide the rating and we let you know if your applicant passed or failed. If you selected a 5 star rating and your applicant fails we will provide the r...

How do you verify employment for self-employed tenant applicant?

With The Income Verification Add-On You’ll Receive: Annual Net Income Summary Pay stub fraud continues to rise. Protect yourself and your property from bad actors attempting to rent from you when they do not have the ability to pay. Average Monthly Net Income Unemployment rates are soaring! It’s more important than ever to have a detailed look into an applicant’s last 3, 6, and 9 months of income. Current Balances On Connected Accounts Ensure applicants and tenants are negotia...

What is the global homeland security search?

A Global Homeland Security Search is sometimes called a Global Homeland Security Background Check or a Terrorist Watch List Search, or a OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets and Controls). It is a joint effort by countries around the world to help stop known and suspected terrorists. This search makes sure your applicant is not on any terrorist watch lists.

Do I get a receipt for running a background check?

Yes, you do. You will receive a payment confirmation email that contains invoice information. All of your receipts are also available inside your RentPrep account. If you're logged into your account, on the right hand side select the option of 'Account' and then "View Emails" Click that option and then there should be the email called "RentPrep- Order Payment Receipt"

Eviction record shows $0?

An initial eviction is filed with a zero ($0) dollar balance because the monetary value of the judgment is not yet known. Step 1. of an eviction is to file the forcible entry/detainer judgment and it is not yet known what the final dollar amount will be since the lost rent and damages have not been calculated at this point. Step 2. of the eviction filing is to report the monetary amount that should be attached to the judgment. So the zero ($0) eviction record likely means that an initial evic...

How should I deny a tenant applicant?

If you're denying your tenant because of the screening report, you must let them know by law. You use an adverse action letter to do this. If you need a copy of an Adverse Action Letter, please contact our screening department, and we will be happy to provide you with one! You can contact us via phone (888-877-8501), email (screening@rentprep.com), or by our LiveChat feature. Make sure you're using an adverse action letter that is connected with the correct service. For instance, you should ...

Do I need the tenant's permission to run a background check?

Yes, you will need the tenant's permission with a signed consent form run a background check. Many times this is included in your rental application. For our SmartMove orders, the tenant provides authorization themselves and then confirms their identity by answering a series of "out of wallet" questions. However, it is still recommended to collect a rental application for your records.

Does RentPrep discount for married couples running two reports?

All of our screening reports are run from the SSN, applicant's name, and date of birth. Therefore we charge per tenant applicant and we do not apply discounts for married couples.

What information do I need to start screening tenant applicants?

Our RentPrep Background Check reports are all hand-compiled tenant background checks by our team of FCRA Certified Screeners. For these reports, you'll need a signed rental application from your tenant applicant. You can use our RentPrep application available here: https://www.rentprep.com/tenant-screening/rental-application/ We recommend having the applicant fill out the rental 100% and to leave no blank spaces. This way you'll have all the information you need. When placing the order...

Am I required to give applicants a copy of their credit report and background check?

You should not personally provide them a copy. In fact, we advise against this because the report landlord's receive do not contain the proper disclaimers that a consumer copy contains. If you had a RentPrep Background Check report ran with RentPrep and the tenant applicant would like a copy of the report the applicant should go to this link to fill out a renters relations form. http://www.rentprep.com/resources/renters-relations/ If you ordered a SmartMove Report on the applicant, ple...