Need recommendation for Credit Check Company

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It's been a couple of years since I've had new tenants.  I need to run a credit and criminal background check.  Any suggestions for a good company to use?

I think I used Transunion in the past.  And, it was okay.

I would love to hear about your experiences.


Me landlord has all thee checks and there's smartmove

Thanks, Kathia.  Have you used either one?  Which one do you like best?

I use National Tenant Network.

We use CreditLink, only because that's what my parents recommended to us (they've been landlords for decades).

You might check to see if your state has an apartment owners association that you can join that provides credit/background check services for a reasonable fee.  Here in CA, the AOA offers that service to members.

I believe BiggerPockets also works with a company that provides that service to members as well, though I haven't looked into the details.

FABCO is what I plan to use. It's the same thing that the large complexes use

Here is the FABCO website. 
But here is Bigger Pockets Tenant Screening Article: Tenant Screening

Hope that helped. 

Thanks everyone. What a great community. I'll follow up on your suggestions today.

Originally posted by @Kathia L.:

Me landlord has all thee checks and there's smartmove

I suspect that "Me landlord" should be "Mr. Landlord" in the quoted post.

Thanks, Steve.  I assumed the same thing.

Jill, who did you end up using and how did it work out?

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