Identity Theft's Impact on Your Desired Living Location
As a follow on to yesterday's post we will focus on tenant screening services and the
ability for an unknowing consumer to be unfairly "black listed" due to the misdeeds of an identity thief.
Because identity thieves, who frequently change their
locations, prey on unsuspecting victims by assuming
their identities, it's vital to know how you can
verify your personal information has not been reported
incorrectly to the various, regional tenant
Or, if have reason to believe that your file contains
inaccurate data because of fraud by an identity thief.
Failure to do so, may cause you to find out an
unpleasant surprise the next time you decide to move
to that new apartment in the nice location of your
Also, it can lead to negative information being
subsequently linked to your credit report.
First, a brief description what tenant screening
services are and what you can do to assist them
with your information.
Property managers use tenant screening services to
screen their applicants. Owners screen tenants for
ability to pay, criminal background, history with
other landlords and neighborliness. Tenant screening
reports may combine, in addition to data provided by
credit reporting agencies:
- Landlord-tenant history
- Your tenant payment history
- Any other information provided by prior landlords:
- Eviction and foreclosure records
- Criminal record checks
- Wanted fugitive checks
- any felony, conviction, misdemeanor, and criminal
convictions against you
- Traffic convictions against you
Those types information are collected by the tenant
screening service and used by property managers to
approve or deny a tenancy.
Tenant screening agencies are mostly regional in
coverage. Similar to credit reporting agencies,
though, tenant screening agencies may have varying
information on you. Which fortunately for consumers
means these tenant screening services are responsible
under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to provide
So, you have the right to contact these agencies to
- All information in your file at the time of the
- The list of all people who received a copy of your
report within the last 12 months.
- You are entitled to a free copy of your tenant report
if, in the past two months, the information was used
to deny you a rental application or to increase the
rent or security deposit on a residential housing
- You also may get a free copy of the report if you
receive public assistance or have reason to believe
that your file contains inaccurate
information because of fraud, otherwise the agency may
charge a fee of approximately $8 for the report.
- If you feel the tenant report is incomplete or
inaccurate you can require the tenant screening
service to re-investigate and record the current
status of the information. If the information is found
to be inaccurate or cannot be verified within 30 days,
it must be deleted from your file.
Now that you've been armed with this information to
guard against un-warranted identity theft & fraud, you can contact
these tenant screening services listed below as
today's tip from ID Theft Secrets blog:
Tenant Screening Services
5801 East 41st Street, Suite 800
Tulsa, OK 74135
Tel: (800) 256-8898
Fax: (918) 622-9453
American Tenant Screen, Inc.
131 North Narberth Ave.
Narberth, PA 19072
Tel: (800) 888-1287
Fax: (800) 881-9699
9990 Richard Ave., Suite 100
Houston, TX 77042
Landlord Protect, Inc.
P.O. Box 521
Absecon, New Jersey 08201
Tel: (800) 221-9379
Fax: (800) 345-9379
National Tenant Network
525 SW First, #105
Post Office Box 1664
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
Tel: (800) 228-0989
Fax: (800) 340-1116
Rental Research Services, Inc.
11300 Minnetonka Mills Road
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Tel: (800) 328-0333
Fax: (800) 642-5226
Rental Services, Inc.
10050 Ralston Road, Suite 7
Arvada, CO 80004
Tel: (303) 420-1212
Fax: (303) 420-1477
Resident Evaluation Service, Inc.
2755 South Locust Street, #209
Denver, CO 80222
Tel: (800) 752-8575
Fax: (303) 757-5573
Tenant Data Services, Inc.
421 South 9th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Tenant Screening Services, Inc.
6824 19th Street West, Suite 291
University Place, WA 98466
Tel: (253) 565-9090
Fax: (253) 564-3964
The Registry, Inc.
11140 Rockville, #1200
Rockville, MD 20852
Tel: (800) 999-0350
Fax: (301) 984-7312
The U.D. Registry, Inc.
P.O. Box 9140
Van Nuys, CA 91409
Tel: (800) 321-7803
Fax: (818) 947-4460
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