Chartrice Young | Tenant Screening Director
If you have an applicant who is coming from out of the country running a criminal and eviction search will most likely not be useful since the only databases that can be searched are from the US. There are other ways to try and verify identity, credit and rental history. When verifying identification you can ask to see a copy of their passport or if they are a student, ask for their student ID card. To verify rental history ask if they have any references within the US. If not, ask if they can provide letters of reference from previous landlords. To help verify credit and financial information you can ask for a letter from their employer or copy of their bank records. If the applicant is a student and is not going to be the one responsible for paying the rent you can require a credit check on the guarantor / co-signer.
What are some other ways you have handled applicants without SSN or that are new to the country?