Tenant Background Search Announces Plans That Include Medical Collections

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Medical bills can plague families for years, adversely affecting their credit rating. Tenantbackgroundsearch.com now includes medical debt screening in its background searches to assist landlords in qualifying renters.

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A Dallas-based company that performs background searches on tenant applicants has announced that two of its screening plans now include a report on medical collections. Tenant Background Search spokesman Jeff LeVan made the announcement today.

“According to statistics from the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals compiled in 2013, in 2012, about 75 million people had trouble paying off medical debt,” LeVan said. “The study also said that in 2010, 22 percent of adults with medical debt had been contacted by a collection agency. In a rough estimate that means there could be as many as 16.5 million people out there that are in medical collections. Our firm will find that out and let our landlords know prior to making any rental decisions,” LeVan said.

LeVan said tenantbackgroundsearch.com has three different screening search packages available. “The first is the Standard and does not include medical collections,” he said. “However the Standard Plus and Comprehensive screenings do include the medical collections check. All three do include a national criminal check,” he added. Sexual Offender and Patriot Act searches are also standard in all three choices.

“Our goal is to do the most thorough and complete background checks we can to help our clients make financially sound decisions when renting,” LeVan said. “The time to find out if an applicant is high-risk is before the lease is signed. If not, the landlord will not only have lost revenue from unpaid rent, but also could incur legal costs in trying to remove the tenant. Our job is to arm the decision-maker on the front end so that any investment in the background search pays for itself with long-term, sound tenants,” he said.

Per LeVan, rental property officials can use tenantbackgroundsearch.com services without a contract or membership and without having to purchase a minimum number of screenings. He said the firm also does not require on-site inspections.

LeVan said other background data reported to clients depending on package includes a credit check with FICO score, bankruptcies and foreclosures, employment history, known aliases and prior addresses. The reports are accessible 24 hours a day via the internet, he said. According to LeVan, their clients include small business landlords as well as large property management firms. He said corporate rates are available.

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