Start off on the right foot with all the relevant information.
A Smart First Step
You've heard all the horror stories. First, your tenant stops paying rent. Then they decide to squat for several months while being evicted. You finally inspect the property only to find trash piled knee-high, holes in the walls and broken cabinets.
This isn’t just every landlord’s worst nightmare; it’s a real-life risk if you don’t know the people you’re trusting with your investment property.
A savvy landlord will do everything they can to make sure this doesn’t become their story. This starts with a thorough, objective, third-party tenant screening. A proper screening is the difference between finding someone who can protect the value of your investment or destroy it.
Tellus partners with leading tenant screening service Naborly to offer free tenant screening to all parties, no strings attached. We verify identity and employment. We examine credit reports, rental history, criminal record, eviction history, and other relevant information to help landlords and managers make smart decisions.
The Value of Third-Party Screening
If the information gathered during a tenant application process is to have any value, it must be verified by a reliable third-party. With Tellus, screenings are thorough and objective.
The problem with self-provided information and tenant-printed credit reports is that there is no way to ensure these are accurate. With a meticulous third-party screening, each claim tenants make in their rental application is checked and verified to ensure landlords and managers have all the information they need to make the most informed decision.
With Tellus, Tenants are Screened for:
All applicants are examined and compared against state and federal court records, the National Sex Offender Registry, and the FBI’s Most Wanted list.
Recent pay stubs within the last month are verified to make sure the reported numbers match reality.
Landlords and managers will receive an up-to-date credit score and credit summary report from Equifax, including information about bankruptcies, delinquencies, collections, judgements, liens, and credit accounts.
Applicants’ rental history is searched and compared against small claims court records and national eviction and rental records.
Each submitted photo ID is verified to ensure that people are who they say they are.
How It Works
Prospective Tenants Fill out a Digital Rental Application
Tellus provides landlords and managers with a secure link to give to their candidates to start a digital rental application through Naborly. Prospective tenants fill in their information through the website and upload supporting documents. Once submitted, a thorough screening process begins to verify their claims.
Results Appear in Tenant Leads
Once the verification is complete, Tellus will show landlords and managers a full report with the candidate’s rental application, supporting documentation, and screening results in Tenant Leads, accessible through the app. Here landlords and managers can review the information, take notes, and compare applicants, all in one place.
Choose a Tenant and Start a Lease
Landlords and managers choose the most qualified applicant and invite them to sign a lease through Tellus. For applicants that don’t make the cut, there are times when landlords must send them a formal rejection letter. Tellus helps craft bulletproof replies in accordance with Fair Housing Laws.