In order to run someone's credit, you need to be screened yourself and have an account with a company that does them. it is almost impossible for an independent small landlord to do this for themselves, most companies want to see your professional license for the reason for you running someone's credit: Real estate Broker, Mortgage Broker etc.. Many will make site visits to check that you are a legitimate business.
This is the main reason most Landlords rent their apartments through Real Estate Brokers, so that full ID checks, credit reports, Landlord Tenant court reports etc. can be checked. And is also the reason many tenants do not want to deal with Real Estate Brokers, it is not just to save the fee......but because they have something to hide!
Kathryn Lilly, Broker
Realty on the Greene, LLC