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Danielle Avery
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Danielle Avery
  • Lexington, SC
Posted Feb 23 2024, 10:07

Has anyone ever used Zillow to vet out tenants? Or what software/company do you use to obtain background checks on your tenants ?

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Replied Feb 23 2024, 10:31

I've heard good and bad things about using Zillow to vet tenants. I also make sure the potential tenant sends me references from their previous landlords and I end up calling them. This is just one way to vet a tenant and I would do more even outside of what the software tells you. I think using Zillow is fine. I would also do more vetting. Here's an article that might help: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesrealestatecouncil/2018/03... 

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Danielle Avery
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Danielle Avery
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Replied Feb 23 2024, 12:26

Thank You so much for all your help

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Nader Shariff
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Nader Shariff
  • Detroit, MI
Replied Feb 24 2024, 21:16

Do you have a property management software you are using? A lot of the pm softwares offer the ability to have applications sent out for screening. Not sure the size of your portfolio and if it is personal or you are managing for others, but if it is the latter (or you have a decent size portfolio) it might be worth while investing in that.  

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Nathan Gesner
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ModeratorReplied Feb 25 2024, 05:33

I've heard good and bad about Zillow. I recommend TransUnion SmartMove.

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Soh Tanaka
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Replied Apr 10 2024, 04:28

I use TransUnion Resident Score 4.0. It's designed specifically for this industry.