Landlords Are Using Secret Algorithms To Screen You As A Tenant — Find Out What They’re Saying!

  • If you’ve ever applied to rent an apartment, you probably have what’s called a tenant score. Landlords hire tenant screening companies that use secret algorithms to rate you as a potential tenant and see that score. 
  • Tenant scores are different from a credit rating, and these scores can have a massive impact on your life when you’re trying to get approved for an apartment or rental home.
  • It may be hard to track down your score because, depending on the laws in your state, your landlord may not even be required to share details on your screening report with you unless you are denied housing. 
  • There is no comprehensive list of tenant screening companies, so ProPublica has compiled a list of a dozen of the more well-known companies with directions on how to request your free report — check it out.

ProPublica from Raw Story writes:

In this guide, you’ll find answers to the following questions:

Do I have a tenant score?

How can these scores affect me?

Where do I find my score?

My score is bad. What can I do to improve it?

What should I know when I apply for housing in the future?

How do I request my score from a screening company?

The company won’t turn over my score. What can I do?

How can I help ProPublica investigate tenant scores?

If you’ve ever applied to rent a home or apartment, you may have a tenant score. Tenant scores are different from your credit score. Tenant screening companies plug your personal details into secret algorithms and rate you as a potential tenant. These scores can have a huge impact on your life when you’re trying to get approved for an apartment…”

See full story here.



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