Have You Verified the Social Security Number of Your Tenant?

Most rental application forms will require the applicant to supply a Social Security number, but too often a landlord will not take the time to verify the number. This is a critical mistake. Last year alone 12.6 million Americans were the victims of identity theft, a number that continues to rise each year. Social Security Number Fraud has now become a means to unlawfully obtain tenancy. So instead of renting to what you believe is an ideal tenant, one who has an unblemished record and good credit, you will have rented your apartment to a criminal. It goes without saying that this is a disastrous...