Florida Tenant Screening and Eviction Records
Florida tenant screening companies can provide eviction records as part of a background check. Eviction records can be searched either statewide or nationwide. Tenant screening companies will find out where the applicant lived and if they paid their rent. It is a good idea for a Florida property management company or Florida community association to request an eviction record search, especially if they have a rental application.
The credit reporting agencies do not report eviction judgments. That’s why an eviction record search should be part of the tenant screening report. However, if a Florida property management company or owner has received a judgment against the applicant and it is considered final, they may report the unpaid debt as delinquent to the credit bureaus. Once the three major credit reporting agencies, Transunion, Experian and Equifax receive the judgment, it will become part of the records section of the applicant’s credit report. Collection accounts remain on a credit report for seven years from the filing date or delinquency date. Bankruptcies, tax liens and civil court judgments also appear on the credit report. These filings can have a substantial impact on a credit score.
In addition to the eviction record search and credit report, Florida tenant screening companies can provide a landlord verification. A landlord verification is recommended as part of a comprehensive background check. The tenant screening company will contact the applicant’s previous landlord. Payment history, complaints on file and many other aspects of an applicant’s rental history can be provided.
A credit report, eviction history search and landlord verification can provide a comprehensive view of the applicant’s past history. Past history can be an indicator for the applicant’s future behavior. Applicants who have been evicted or have a low credit score, may find it difficult to find a rental. Most property managers or property owners will be unwilling to lease to a tenant with a poor history.
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