How to Read a Credit Report

I posted this on last Friday, but through some quirk it somehow ended up buried in my history instead of being at the top of the blog. Here's a short intro blurb, click on "more" if you want to read the whole thing.

While there are many things you can look for, one tool that EVERY landlord should use in the credit report. But first you need to know how to read one. Even if you intend to ever be a landlord, this is probably good information to know so you can read your own credit report.

First of all, to legally obtain someone's credit report you need
written permission to do so. At the end of the application that I put together a separate page that gives our company permission to run a credit check. If this page isn't signed, the application is discarded. Note that some companies can get around this "written permission" law including credit card companies.

The first thing you need to do is obtain the credit report. You can find any number of sites that offer this service to you by googling the phrase "tenant screening", but here's a few to get you started...

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