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Using screen service (by Tj [FL]) Feb 10, 2019 7:25 AM
       Using screen service (by NE [PA]) Feb 10, 2019 7:55 AM
       Using screen service (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Feb 10, 2019 7:57 AM
       Using screen service (by Tj [FL]) Feb 10, 2019 8:19 AM
       Using screen service (by cjl [NY]) Feb 10, 2019 8:33 AM
       Using screen service (by razorback_tim [AR]) Feb 10, 2019 9:38 AM
       Using screen service (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 10, 2019 11:41 AM
       Using screen service (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 11, 2019 7:40 PM
       Using screen service (by lamac66 [GA]) Feb 12, 2019 10:08 AM
       Using screen service (by RentsDue [MA]) Feb 13, 2019 6:07 AM
       Using screen service (by WMH [NC]) Feb 14, 2019 4:31 AM
       Using screen service (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 14, 2019 5:02 AM
       Using screen service (by Robin [WI]) Feb 14, 2019 5:05 AM

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Using screen service (by Tj [FL]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2019 7:25 AM

If you use a screening service that collects $35-50 for an application before you even review it yourself, won’t the applicants be pissed if you need to deny them and several others. It seems to me these services want many applicants as that is how they will make money. Then are you left holding the bag for the PR cleanup? .... does this make for more work, more potential issues — why was I rejected, etc.. What are the plusses and pitfalls of the third party screener?

Using screen service (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2019 7:55 AM

What type of screening service?

Using screen service (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2019 7:57 AM

Zillow and (I believe) Cozy have the applicant pay for their screening, but then can send their modified credit screening to multiple landlords. If they are applying to multiple apartments, they can use their screening several times.

I send applicants a summary of my screeing criteria, and then let them decide if they qualify and want to apply.

Using screen service (by Tj [FL]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2019 8:19 AM

Turbotenant..... also other on line screening business of this sort.

Using screen service (by cjl [NY]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2019 8:33 AM

I haven't looked at nor have I read/hear about "turbotenant" but I do use one that pulls credit and background checks (nationwide). I guess if the tenant is completing someone else's questions and you don't have those same questions then I would not use those services. If they are the same (or better/more) than what you currently use then sure - why not. I still would have them complete an application in full so I can review what they are even completing/stating.

That's what I do anyway - I have them complete my application, I do a quick review then enter the information on-line and then have the service run the rest of it. The reason I do the quick check is to see if there is anything on there that isn't going to pass for me without even going any further. Also, if they didn't complete something or I have a question, etc. I also check their addresses personally. Do I know the owner/manager of where they live or have lived? I'll call them and ask about them. I also check the dates - if they don't make sense then they are most likely hiding something.

The last thing is that these services typically do NOT give you the "yes or no". They RECOMMEND what to do. So it's ultimately up to YOU to make the decision - not them. I never say no due to credit (or if I do I TALK to them about it because it's typically someone that just flat out lied to me when I told them what we look for and they are betting on the fact that we don't actually pull the credit - don't know how to read it or whatever). Many years ago I had one group that just blatantly lied on everything. Where they lived as well as horrible credit. They had car repos, utilities with judgements - you name it. A few credit cards that gave them $500 credit with over $1,000 balances on them (never paying) .. HORRIBLE.

When I spoke with them about it and told them "NO" their first words were "but we pay our rent ALWAYS". Yeah - try that on someone else. Now I don't even say anything because there are usually other reasons to deny if they have that bad of credit. Also - I am very up front with them about judgements - if they have any from utility companies and/or personal (ie other landlords) then it's an auto deny.

Using screen service (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2019 9:38 AM

My prospects are given an opportunity to review my rental requirements before applying and again before paying the app fee. If they pony up the application fee without reviewing these or worse yet review them and know they won’t qualify but still pay the fee then that’s their problem not mine. --70.178.x.xx

Using screen service (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2019 11:41 AM

How else is your screening service going to make money unless they get their fee's upfront. For the tenant who gets turned down, it's a rip off. --47.156.xx.xx

Using screen service (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 11, 2019 7:40 PM

If your third party vendor says no, do they follow thru in such a way that you are legal in turning them down?

Our state requires that you inform the lead that they were turned down and why. I have to wonder how your system deals with that. Perhaps things are different in Fl. If it is for credit, their are federal rules in play also

Using screen service (by lamac66 [GA]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2019 10:08 AM

Thats why you state upfront the application fee is nonrefundable. Let them make the call after they have read all your screening criteria.

Not too hard of a concept to understand I would think.

Using screen service (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 6:07 AM

I do think some of these that advertise on the rental sites are a bit predatory towards applicants. They make it sound like it gives them a better chance because they are “ pre-screened”. I do not even want to see their self screening.... I do my own thanks. I just explain to them that I have to subject everyone to the same criteria and they are not an exception to the rule.I have had people argue with me about that. Besides, I absolutely want to see the application, ID , and paycheck stubs.

Using screen service (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 14, 2019 4:31 AM

FIrst, tenant fills out my "free" application. If that passes, then THEY pay for the credit/criminal/eviction check. If that turns up some issues, that's their problem not mine.

Using screen service (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 14, 2019 5:02 AM

I found a true get rich scheme for us Landlords....WMH

We start charging just a dime for everyone who takes an application.

Using screen service (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Feb 14, 2019 5:05 AM

I have yet to find a screening service that does what I do. They're not as motivated as I am! I am extremely thorough and meticulous. I check DL signatures against the ones on the applications, check property records against the LL name given on the application, call current and previous LLs, etc. Most applications I can reject within a couple of minutes. Likely prospects take at least a half-hour.

I take applications at open houses and look them over before accepting payment. If there's an obvious disqualifier, I'm honest about telling them that it's unlikely they'll be approved. It also allows me to point out areas they've left blank. So I don't just take their money.

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