What aren’t your rental applicants telling you? Find out with a SmartScreen Eviction Check
Is there anything more painful than evicting a tenant? Did you know that on average:
- It costs $3500* to evict a tenant
- It takes 3-4 weeks* to evict a tenant
*Based on 2013 TransUnion survey data
In some states these numbers are even worse. As a property owner or manager, that’s not a risk you want to take – that’s where tenant background checks come in. SmartScreen screening services offer a new feature: the eviction report. With a SmartScreen eviction check, you can better predict future behavior by analyzing your prospective tenant’s eviction history.
TransUnion’s eviction checks aren’t the usual eviction reports you buy online – we offer comprehensive and more accurately matched search results
With SmartScreen tenant screening, landlords have:
- The ability to more accurately match your applicant to an eviction record, even with limited information. We do this by using our vast credit, personal, and address history databases to help figure out who is who
- Access to one of the largest evictions databases subject to the FCRA with 16+ million eviction records, covering 49 states plus Washington D.C.
The equation is simple: More coverage + More accurate matching = Better information delivered to you fast. And with better information, you can make better decisions to keep your eviction risk low. Better yet? Get only the information you need, when you need it—we offer pay as you go pricing. Plus it is free to signup. There are no minimums or memberships with SmartScreen.
Eviction Reports include court records on every file TransUnion eviction reports come from a variety of sources including public court records, and are enhanced with data reported directly to TransUnion. Eviction check reports include:
- Tenant judgment for possession and money
- Unlawful detainers
- Tenant judgments for rent
- Failure to pay rent
- Writs and warrants of eviction
Getting started with SmartScreen is free for landlords—pay only for the background & eviction reports you need when you need it.
Predict evictions better with SmartScreen
When you add up the costs related to eviction, it gets expensive. Evicting a tenant can be costly, in terms of both time and money. From legal fees and court costs to financial damages and lost rent, the costs to evict range from $2,500 to $3,500 or more according to Transunion data. And tenant eviction can be a lengthy process that takes 3-4 weeks or longer. Evicting a tenant is something that most landlords want to avoid at all costs. Using SmartScreen’s ResidentScore, a credit score designed specifically for the rental industry, landlords have a better opportunity to predict the likelihood of a bad rental property outcome. After collecting over 1.5 million rental outcomes from individuals nationwide, TransUnion has identified the most crucial consumer credit data that are most indicative of evictions. Armed with information sourced from a tenant background check, you can better screen prospective tenants and reduce your risk of eviction from the very start.
Large database of eviction records
TransUnion has a database of over 16 million eviction records. Landlords benefit from quick access to records from nearly 2,800 distinct courts and over 2,000 distinct counties sources for eviction reports. And using our accurate match-back logic, SmartScreen’s enhanced subject selection helps to more accurately match results to applicants when running background checks. We use our robust credit, personal, and address history database to help determine who is who. That means you receive more accurate results and less false positives. And TransUnion research also indicates that prior evictions are highly predictive of future evictions. In fact, evicted residents have nearly three times as many prior eviction and rental-related collection records than non-evicted residents, according to a TransUnion study. Checking your applicant’s prospective tenant’s eviction report is one of the best ways to avoid a future eviction. Ordering a national eviction report from SmartScreen can provide an in-depth view of an applicant’s eviction history, includingon information such as unlawful detainers, failure to pay rent, and tenant judgements for rent and for possession.
With a free membership, our online screening solution allows you to pass the cost to renters. Screen prospective tenants through SmartScreen and reduce your risk of eviction.