Tenant Screening – Why you will now want eviction reports

Tenant Screening reports can assist landlords and property managers in identifying the best renters. Beginning July 1, 2017 the 3 major credit bureaus will enact their National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP) http://www.nationalconsumerassistanceplan.com/ and make some major changes to what will be reported on credit reports. The credit bureaus will remove most tax liens and civil judgments from credit reports, making it much harder to determine if your applicant has been evicted through the court system or if they haven’t been paying their taxes. Applicants that don’t pay their taxes can have a tax lien, possible wage garnishment and asset freeze put on them, leaving them low on funds to take care of rent. While there will not be a way to determine if the applicant did or did not pay their taxes after the NCAP plan has been enacted, there is a solution to the possible evictions.

An eviction report searches by name and returns a report with the following information:

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  • CASE NUMBER
  • FILE DATE
  • JUDGEMENT AMOUNT
  • PLAINTIFF NAME
  • DEFENDANT NAME
  • COUNTY
  • ADDRESS
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Once the information is returned to us, we compare the addresses on the eviction report against an address history report (a report that pulls all addresses associated with applicants’ SSN). We determine which records are the applicant’s by matching them to addresses on the address history report, assuring that the person on the report is your applicant.

If you have been using the credit report to view possible civil judgments such as tax liens, your alternative is to run a civil report. Civil reports can be pulled federally or by county. Unfortunately, civil reports are not instant and have a general turn-around time of five business days.

AAA Credit Screening strives to stay ahead of changes that affect you, our clients, doing our best to offer alternatives when you need specific information. As background screening processes continue to change and evolve, we will be here to help you continue to make the best decision possible.