Fake IDs: Don’t Fall For Them!

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on March 30, 2009 under Landlord Tips, Tenant Screening & Background Checks | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

An Attempt at a Two-For-One ID? Not Smart!

An Attempt at a Two-For-One ID? Not Smart!




Fake IDs are not just used by underage drinkers anymore. Smart landlords require prospective tenants to provide identification and make photocopies for the tenant’s file. But taking these important steps won’t tell you if the driver’s license or other ID card presented is real. What if the new tenant who just signed your lease is not who they claim to be?

Who would falsify their identification? For starters, anyone with a criminal history, bankruptcy, or prior evictions to hide. Then there are those with bad credit or problem rental histories, plus underage kids who can’t legally sign your lease. And finally, there are the thousands of people in your community without legal residential or work status. Any of these folks would have reason to falsify their identification. The list of potential tenants who don’t want you to know their true identity is as long as process to evict them will be.

False identification is a big business. Both large-scale groups working internationally and individuals in your neighborhood keep this multi-billion dollar business booming. High-tech graphics software can easily pump out official-looking state IDs, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, and even Department of Homeland Security Permanent Resident Alien cards.

Why not avoid the problems that come with fake IDs up front? Ensuring that the person you’re renting to is actually who they claim to be is easy with tenant screening. This service will not only screen out criminals and problem tenants, it will also ensure you that the identification presented is legitimate.

Make your life a little easier by using qualified tenant prescreening services!

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