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InfoLink Resident Screening
The surest way to protect your rental investment is to carefully screen your prospective residents. Make better-informed decisions with accurate, timely, and comprehensive information about your applicant while being sure that your are in compliance with legal requirements. Obtaining reports is flexible too - you can receive them online or by telephone, fax or mail.
SDCAA's InfoLink Resident Screening services provide you with a comprehensive and easy-to-read reports from both national and regional sources:
- Eviction/Civil Records Search
- Social Security Search
- Criminal Database Search
- Employment Verification
- Rental Verification
If you already have access, please use the following link:
InfoLink Resident Screening Online
If you are a PSAR/ESDCAR member and currently do not have access to screening Click here to download the InfoLink Resident Screening application.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to get a report?
PSAR member screening rates, please click here.
How much can I charge for an application fee?
In 2012 the maximum charge allowed under California law for screening that a owner/manager can charge is $43.48. The amount is adjusted annually.
What information is in the reports for each applicant?
The credit report shows the paying habits of prospective residents. Credit bureaus receive data from banks, leading institutions, and other credit grantors, which indicate the amount of indebtedness and the record of payments. Credit reports will also include items of public record, such as bankruptcies, judgments, and tax liens. InfoLink Resident Screening has nationwide access to credit reports.
Specially Designated Nationals Search (SDN).
The SDN search is a search of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) database. This file tracks known and/or suspected terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and their representatives. You are prohibited from renting to an individual who is a positive match for a person on this list. Failure to comply carries substantial penalties including $50,000 to $10 million in fines and/or up to 30-years imprisonment. Note: If you have a match for someone on the SDN list, you must make a reasonable effort to determine if the applicant is actually that person.
Social Security Search.
The social security search is the ultimate tool to use when verifying the applicant’s information. This search is used on an as-required basis when there is doubt as to the validity of the applicant’s social security number. Additional address information not reported by the applicant also may be revealed.
Eviction Records Search.
While a prospective resident may have impeccable credit, they may not have a perfect rental history. If a prospective resident has been evicted or had problems paying rent within the past five years, this information will show up a judgment was entered in the landlord’s favor. Civil searches include those states of residence listed on the rental application and credit report.
Criminal Database Search.
A national criminal database search that will tell you which jurisdictions were searched. If there is a name and date of birth match of a conviction, within the last seven (7) years, then the offense, date of offense, case number, county/court and disposition will appear.
The following elements of an applicant’s employment may be verified: employer name, time of employment, contact information, applicant’s position at the company, salary (when available), and payment frequency. If the applicant was employed for less than one year, the previous employer(s) will be included as necessary.
Rental verifications include addresses listed on the application, plus additional rental housing addresses listed on the credit report as necessary (using the national reverse directory).