Tenant Screening – Description of Services

Tenant Credit Reports
Credit reports provided through TransUnion show a profile of the applicant’s credit history including credit score, charge-offs, collection accounts, public records, trade lines, bankruptcies, judgments, garnishments and monthly payment history. Report may also show employment and address history. Credit reports are available only to businesses, and require a special registration process.

Customized Tenant Scorecards
The scorecard is a credit risk evaluation, pre-set to customized parameters. You have the ability to create pass/fail or “conditional” criteria for your potential tenants. The Credit Risk Evaluation is used to create a Tenant Scorecard for each of your prospective tenants, that will allow you to easily see whether the tenant is acceptable, based upon your preset criteria. This process uses information obtained from credit reports and the world’s largest database of tenant-landlord records, along with collection information from thousands of courthouses across the county. Tenant Scorecards are a viable alternative to standard credit reports, with more source information and user-friendly results. And, you set the criteria however you wish.

Need to make a change? That’s easy, too. You can have different sets of criteria to reflect different demographics for multiple property locations. Tenant Scorecard gives you a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Bad Check Report
Most rental payments are made with a personal check. Search includes a national check service report with seven years of bad check data, including excessive bounced checks and checks written on closed accounts.

Evictions Data Report
Tenant Patrol has access to millions of landlord-tenant eviction filings and unlawful detainers covering jurisdictions in forty-seven states. The report will alert you to reported evictions, damage claims, or rent skips. Don’t let your potential tenant’s past practice become your bad luck.

Liens & Judgment Search
Based on the jurisdiction searched, this report may include civil judgments, county, state and federal tax liens or small claims.

Address & SSN Trace
Verifies the social security number provided matches the applicant’s information. Reveals other names used by the applicant in addition to addresses over the past 10 years. This information can be used to expand an applicant’s criminal history search.


  • Employment Verification
    Verification includes applicant’s position, length of employment and salary information. Reference questions can be customized to your company’s specifications. Our verification specialists have continuous follow-up procedures to expedite your verification.
  • Landlord History Report
    Previous landlord or property manager is contacted to gather rental history information on your applicant. Report can include a detailed record of payment history, legal actions, complaints, apartment condition and more. Our customer service representatives have continuous follow-up procedures to expedite your report.
  • Bank Account Verification
    Our customer service representatives will verify your applicant’s stated bank information. Our on-line system, allows us to update you on the status of your verification every step of the way.

Criminal Searches

There is no full-proof background search. With our law enforcement expertise we can work with you to determine the background search that’s best for you. Searches can include:

  • Nationwide Criminal Database Search
    Tenant Patrol has access to a data file of over forty million offender records, including felony conviction information, state department of corrections records, and some misdemeanor information. Most state’s records are updated on a monthly basis. The file also contains over eight million alias names and nearly sixty-eight million offenses. Because this database includes criminal record information from more than thirty-eight different states, it can uncover offenses committed inside/outside of the applicant’s counties of residence. A nationwide search is not recommended as the primary criminal search due to limitations of the data. If derogatory information is found, Tenant Patrol must verify the accuracy of the record at the county-level court. However, a nationwide search is a great screening product to complement the county-level searches and broaden the scope of your criminal background checks.
  • Criminal Records Searches of International, Federal, State and County Courthouses
    Tenant Patrol offers a variety of search options, depending on your needs. We’ll help you select what you need based on your requirements. With courthouse researchers throughout the world, we can provide you with the best records search available.
  • Sex Offender Records
    Utilizing a database of sex offender registries in all fifty states negative results are returned instantly. Positive hits are reviewed by Tenant Patrol researchers to verify accuracy. Many companies require you to sift through the report determining the accuracy. Let us do the work for you.
  • Terrorist Watch Lists
    Your applicant’s name will be matched against various databases which include the Office of Foreign Asset Control’s denied persons list, terrorist lists, wanted foreign nationals and more.

Other Services
If you are interested in a tenant screening service that you do not see here, please call Tenant Patrol at 1-877-490-2202.

For pre-employment screening services, please contact Hire Image LLC at 888-433-0090.