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What information is revealed to an employer when they conduct a background check?
Criminal history: If your pre-employment background check is going to reveal one piece of information about you, it’s your criminal record. Criminal history checks are the cornerstone of most job-related background checks, simply because employers want to know if their prospective hire has any skeletons in their closet. Usually, employers are looking for big crimes–violent offenses, sex crimes, fraud or embezzlement, other felony convictions–and background checks don’t include arrest reports.
However, even if you’ve only been convicted of a minor crime–petty theft or misdemeanor drug possession, for instance–it’s a good idea to disclose it on your application if there’s a question about criminal history. Employers will generally look more kindly on applicants with criminal histories if those applicants are honest and forthright about their past mistakes.
3 Reasons Landlords Must Require Tenant Background Checks
Keep Neighbors, Community, and Yourself Safe
When you’re considering who to rent to, you should think of it as who you are allowing in your building and your community. It is your responsibility to your community to choose tenants who don’t put anyone at risk of harm.
Protect Yourself From Liability
By requiring a tenant background check, you are setting yourself up to know as much valuable information as possible. For example, you might learn that your prospective tenant has a history of shoplifting. With this knowledge, you can reject this applicant because you have a reasonable concern that he or she could steal from other tenants in the building
Discourage Tenants Who are Trying to Hide Something
Simply requiring a tenant background check sends a clear message to your applicants. It discourages people from applying who want to hide something.
There are some red flags that you can notice before you ask your tenant to authorize a background check:
If an applicant stops replying to you after you make the requirement known
If an applicant refuses to authorize the background check
How to Screen Potential Tenants
- Request an Application
- Run a Credit Check
- Run a Background Check
- Contact the Previous Landlords
- Contact the Tenant’s Employer
- Interview the Tenant
As a landlord, you have to screen every potential tenant; there’s just too much at risk if you don’t. After all, you definitely don’t want to end up having to go through the process of evicting a tenant. But that doesn’t mean you need to become a private detective every time someone turns in a new application either. Use your instincts and try to get a feel for the tenant, and then back those instincts up with some hard facts from the tenant’s credit report and background information. Be careful not to overstep your boundaries, which can put you at risk for breaking privacy laws in the Landlord and Tenant Act.