Background Checks

Audience: Landlords & Property Managers

Through a 3rd party service called RentPrep, Housters offers background checks to be run on Applicants and Tenants. After filling out the information required by RentPrep to perform a background check (e.g. name, address and social security #), RentPrep will check the individual against various databases and call current and previous employers and landlords to get feedback on the individual, depending on which background check package you choose.

RentPrep Packages

RentPrep offers the following background check packages and pricing:

Basic ($18.95)

  • FCRA Customer Support 
  • SSN Verification 
  • Address History 
  • Judgments & Liens Search 
  • Bankruptcies Search 
  • National Eviction Search 

Pro ($22.95)

  • FCRA Customer Support 
  • SSN Verification 
  • Address History 
  • Judgments & Liens Search 
  • Bankruptcies Search 
  • National Eviction Search 
  • National U.S. Criminal Search 
  • U.S. Sex Offender Search 
  • Global Homeland Search 

Platinum ($34.95)

  • FCRA Customer Support 
  • SSN Verification 
  • Address History 
  • Judgments & Liens Search 
  • Bankruptcies Search 
  • National Eviction Search 
  • National U.S. Criminal Search 
  • U.S. Sex Offender Search 
  • Global Homeland Search 
  • Verify Current Residence 
  • Verify Previous Residence 
  • Verify Employment 

Submitting a Background Check

Once you submit a request for a background check on an Applicant or Tenant, Housters will charge you the price of the package (via your credit card on file with Housters that is used for monthly billing). RentPrep will then charge Housters the same amount, so Housters just acts as an intermediary to send your money to RentPrep.

Once the background check is complete, RentPrep will notify Housters and Housters will then notify you through email that the background check results are in. If the background check was run on a Tenant then you can view the results on the Tenant dashboard. If the background check was run on an Applicant then you can view the results on the Applicant List. In either case, the results will be a PDF file for you to view or download. Housters will also save the PDF as a Document to your Document List.

Billing Discounts

Note that there is a $3 (USD) billing discount for running your first background check on an Applicant or Tenant through Housters.