Get Proper ID from Applying Tenants

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on October 24, 2008 under Landlord Tips | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

Even if you are a landlord who likes to talk to people and get to know them before renting to them, be sure you get proper identification from all applying tenants as well. Good identification is crucial if you expect to do a thorough job of tenant screening, and is important for your records on tenants as well.

What makes good identification?

  • A current driver’s license, instruction permit, or state-issued identification card is a great start.
  • If they don’t have one of those, get two other documents showing full name, date of birth. It’s best if at least one document has a photograph.
  • A passport is always excellent identification.

Make Sure Names Match
If names don’t match, request proof of name changes, such as certified marriage license, divorce decree, or other court order. These documents should show a clear link between names.

Also be sure to check spelling on the documents, and compare all information with that on their rental application. If there are any differences, ask for an explanation.

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