Tenant background check

A great way to find out what you don't know

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Stop wondering about what you don't know and find out with a SmartMove Tenant Credit, Eviction and Background Check for Landlords

It's free to sign up and you can find answers to questions such as:

  • Will this tenant pay rent on time?
  • Is this renter a risk to my other tenants?
  • Do I need to worry about safety?
  • Is this the right tenant for me?

These are questions almost all landlords and property owners ask when screening a tenant. But they can’t be answered with just reference checks (of people you’ve never met) or your gut decision. The most critical step that you can take to protect your rental property is to use a reputable tenant screening service and review tenant credit, criminal, and eviction history, and obtain an estimate of their income.

To find out what you don’t know about rental applicants, you need to understand a tenant’s credit, criminal, Income Insights and eviction history. And you need it from a source you can trust.

With TransUnion SmartMove, a landlord can run a tenant credit check and a criminal background check online, in minutes. By getting better information about potential renters, you’ll make better decisions and find Great Tenants.

Great Reports

Credit, criminal, Income Insights and eviction reports from TransUnion, so you have comprehensive and trustworthy tenant screening information

Great Convenience

Sign-up is all online and you can start screening tenants within minutes.

Great Tenants

Receive a credit-based renter recommendation. Combined with your reports and your instincts, SmartMove will help you pick the right tenant for your rental property.

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Who Pays for SmartMove?

As a landlord, you choose to pay for the service or have the applicant pay. Either way, there’s no charge until you use it.


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Credit Score

Credit-based ResidentScore

Get a clearer picture of your rental applicants' financial situation with a TransUnion ResidentScore.

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Credit Report

Tenant Credit Reports

Check the payment history of your applicants with a full TransUnion SmartMove credit report.

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Criminal Report

Criminal Background Check

Millions of statewide criminal records, including public registries such as Most Wanted Databases and the National Sex Offender Public Registry.

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Eviction Report

Eviction History

Tenant screening services from TransUnion SmartMove can provide over 24 million records from 49 states and Washington, DC.

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Income Insights

Income Insights

Know within minutes which applicants need additional income verification and which do not.

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Tenant Credit Checks are objective

Tenant credit checks should be fast and easy. But for independent landlords like you, credit checks can sometimes be slow and difficult. And even if you can run a renter's credit, you might not get enough information for your money. Besides a credit score, you should also be able to see a renter’s criminal background along with any eviction history and income estimation to get the whole story.That’s why TransUnion Smartmove tenant credit check is the right move.

Wondering why you should choose TransUnion SmartMove for landlord credit and background checks? Founded in 2008, SmartMove helps landlords like you utilize powerful investigative tools and a comprehensive database of credit and criminal background information to run fast landlord credit and background checks. Now you can make informed decisions in a matter of minutes.

Run a renter's credit, criminal, Income Insights and eviction check today online

Once you create your account, all you need to get started is your potential renter's email address. That's it. You can run a renter's credit report.

No set-up fees and no hidden fees. No contracts and no monthly commitments. And no waiting and no documentation.

You simply create an account and get started in minutes. You use it when you need it and pay as you go. You can even choose who pays each time — yourself or the renter.

The SmartMove recommendation service (a credit score based recommendation) may not be available in certain jurisdictions, and is subject to laws that may limit or otherwise prohibit your use in certain jurisdictions, including but not limited to Washington D.C.