You're not going to like my answer either. Call RHA and get them to give you the name of a credit reporting agency that they use. That's one phone call. But I'd also suggest you do that first.
Many suggest that YOU DO NOT run a criminal background check. Why? Because you can't discriminate on renting based on what you find there. You can discriminate on two things- they're ability to pay the rent, and your assessment on their ability to maintain the property in the condition that you expect. THAT'S IT!! Any other reason can be reason for a lawsuit for discrimination....believe it or not. If you find they're a felon, you cannot use that as part of your decision, and knowing that, puts you at risk....
So here's what I do on my rentals- I pull the credit report, I VISIT THEM WHERE THEY LIVE to see for myself how they maintain the home they live in, and I call their employer for verification of employment. And I pay attention to my gut feelings. It's better to leave a home vacant than to rent to a questionable tenant. because in the long run, evicting a bad tenant is much more costly. In addition your property is normally damaged by angry tenants in the process costing you even more.
And I manage my own property myself as well. Call RHA and find out who they're currently using to run credit reports, and sign up as a member. The education and legal knowledge is very valuable.
Keller Williams Realty
Check out the Rental Housing Association (RHA), they're here in Sacramento or you can visit them online at http://www.rha.org
Best of luck and I hope this helps.
Rob McQuade, ABR, REALTORÂ®
McMartin Realty | 2031 K St Ste 100 | Sacramento, CA 95811-4253
Tel (916) 444-7577 or Toll Free (866) 720-CITY (2489)
Fax (916) 444-7977
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My problem is that I want to make a decision on these folks today or tomorrow and therefore don't want to take the time to *apply* to a service, wait for a site inspection that I probably won't pass (since my office is a desk in my bedroom), and pay $200 bucks to join a credit reporting service. I want the report now!!! (instant gratification!!! haha)
The Sac Valley RHA sounds like a capitol idea (get it?) and I'm certainly looking into it, but it doesn't address my immediate need to run a report on these fine folks.
Any help out there?