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Tenant Screening

CIC has a network of highly-trained Screening Specialists able to provide landlords with avenues of research into vital background verification needed to make sound property rental decisions while assuring compliance with the FCRA and other applicable state and local laws.

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CIC Screening Specialists are trained to provide landlords with vital background verification research.


Tenant Screening

CIC knows that the decision to rent a property can often times be a difficult one. Everyone who has leased property has had their share of unpleasant experiences.

CIC can lessen the burdens and hassles often associated with renting by screening prospective tenants. Our Tenant Screening Services are designed to help you reduce both your financial losses and the occurrence of damages to your property; saving you thousands of dollars by avoiding evictions and the resulting loss of rent.

CIC offers several screening packages for you to choose from. These distinctive packages include searches such as an in-depth credit history, eviction report, past address history, county criminal search, and current employment verification. There are a number of additional searches can be added to any of our standard packages or we can develop packages for your specific needs. CICs screening experts can help you choose the right combination of searches to meet your needs.

Standard Tenant Screening Searches


Past Address History

This search will provide a seven (7) year past address history, assisting landlords/property managers in finding past landlord/rental references for the occupant. The applicant's SSN is verified and used as an identifier.


Credit History Report

Provides the credit history of an occupant in an easy to read report. This is the most important tool a landlord/property manager can have in making an informed leasing decision. This report is provided by TransUnion and includes the Empirica Score or Fair Isaac Scores (FICO), bankruptcies, collections, judgments, account delinquencies, unpaid child support, bounced checks, etc. (A separate Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) release must be obtained from the perspective tenant in order to comply with FCRA regulations.)


Secondary Research Database

This search combines over 450 million records from all fifty states and many international database sources including:

  • OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control) - Persons posing threats to the interests and security of the United States
  • Interpol - National Police Forces
  • Denied Persons List - Denied from doing business with the U.S. or entry into the U.S.
  • State and County Repositories along with Department of Corrections information
  • Fugitive List - over 600 fugitives taken from FBI most wanted, DEA Fugitive List
  • Terrorist Watch List
  • Sex Offender Database
  • National Security Sources

Database searches provide inexpensive, instant, statewide and Department Of Corrections (DOC) criminal database information, but tend to be less thorough and therefore should only be used for preliminary decisions about a perspective tenant.


Eviction Report

This is the ideal screening tool for all landlords. This search delivers the most thorough and accurate information from the largest data collection network in the country. Our eviction reports contain all of the information involved in a tenant eviction case, judgment, plaintiff, suits or petitions filed and particular comments on the case, availability varies by state. Eviction reports include non-monetary judgments and those not reported to the credit bureaus. Information is updated monthly.


Employment Verification

This search verifies current employment status and may also include: title, dates of employment, as well as salary.


Civil Records

Civil Records are filed by individuals or corporations against other private parties or corporations. Civil history records provide information about: divorce, product liability suits, violation of civil rights, judgments, non-payment of goods and other similar cases. These cases are searched per jurisdiction or county and per name. Some court fees may apply.

Additional court fees may apply.


Landlord/Rental Reference

This type of references always plays an important part in affirming an occupant's claims of dependability, integrity and character through contact with current or previous landlord(s).


County Criminal Search

Looking into a potential renter’s criminal background is always a good idea. We do this by searching for Felony and Misdemeanor records at the county court level. These records will reveal information about charges, dispositions, and sentences for adjudicated offenses such as assault, theft, drug charges, domestic violence, and criminal traffic charges, to name a few.

Additional court fees may apply.


Related Documents

  • Summary of Rights Under FCRA +

    This document is A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Updated 2013. Read More
  • Using Consumer Reports: What Landlords Need to Know +

    If you’re a landlord, you may use consumer reports to evaluate rental applications - as long as you follow the provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). This document describes what landlords need to know when using consumer reports. Read More
  • [FORM] Tenant Screening Authorization for Release Fair Credit Reporting Act Notice +

    This document is a form for Tenant Screening Authorization for Release & Fair Credit Reporting Act Notice. Read More
  • CIC Tenant Screening 'QuickStart' Guide +

    This document is a quick reference guide to assist clients on How to Order Tenant Screening Searches. Read More
  • Credit Report Training Guide +

    This document is the TransUnion Credit Report Training Guide. Read More
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FAQ

  • How do I use your service? +

    After completing the required paperwork and following an onsite visit for compliance reasons, you will be setup and ready to go. Please visit the website or contact us directly for the forms to get started.
  • Is there a membership fee when I sign up for your service? +

    No. There is no set-up fee, no monthly or yearly fee and no minimum order. You only pay for the searches that you run per month.
  • What are your business hours? +

    We are open from 8:30am - 5pm, Monday through Friday Eastern Standard time. Our website ordering system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week 365 days a year. Your reports will be available for you to view in both the “Partial” and “Complete” status at any time via your account on our web portal. If you have questions you can call the office during normal business hours.
  • What is an Eviction Report? +

    Our eviction reports contain all of the information involved in a tenant eviction case; judgment, plaintiff, suits or petitions filed and particular comments on the case. This search delivers the most thorough and accurate information from the largest data collection network in the country. Eviction reports include non-monetary judgments and those not reported to the credit bureaus. Information is updated monthly. Availability varies by state.
  • What is the Secondary Research Database? +

    This search combines over 450million records from fifty (50) states including: OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control) - Persons posing threats to the interests and security of the United States, Interpol - National Police Forces Denied Persons List (Denied from doing business with the U.S. or entry into the U.S.), State and County Repositories along with Department of Corrections information, and Fugitive Lists of over 600 fugitives taken from FBI Most Wanted Lists, DEA Fugitive Lists, Terrorist Watch Lists, and Sex Offender Databases.
  • What is a Past Address History? +

    This search will provide a listing of addresses associated with your applicant within the last 7 years (depending on the age of the applicant). This is essential information for landlords or property managers and is used to find past landlord/rental references for the applicant. The applicant's SSN is used as an identifier for this search.
  • How do I pay for reports? +

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  • How long does it take to run a report? +

    Most of the searches that we offer are instantly returned so you will be able to see results right away. If you are ordering searches for Employment or Reference Verification, these may take up to 3 days to complete depending on the availability of the Employer or Reference. We follow up with all open requests at least once a day in an effort to bring you results in a timely fashion.
  • What types of packages do you have? +

    We have multiple packages to assist you in your tenant screening process.We can also work with you to develop packages specific to your needs. Please call our office for a complete listing.
  • What forms do I need the applicant to fill out? +

    Every applicant needs to sign a Notice & Consent Form. Each applicant must also be given a copy of the FTC document entitled "A Summary of your Rights Under the FCRA". This form lets the applicant know their rights and what they can do if they dispute something on their report. Both of these documents are available on our website or by calling CIC.
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