Screening Applications

You need to be very clear about your process when screening applications.  The following should all be in writing and easily accessible to rental applicants.

  • Make sure you provide a list of criteria you intend to access and consider.
  • Make clear what might appear in a screening report that would prohibit you from renting to an applicant.
  • Provide the name and address of the consumer reporting agency you use
  • Provide a free copy to an applicant who is turned down
  • Know that an applicant has a right to dispute information in a consumer report
  • You can only charge the actual cost of screening.
  • You must provide a written statement explaining why you are denying a rental application.
  • Remember that you cannot advertise "no criminal record" nor deny applicants with a criminal record

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA, 98124-4019
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