Landlords Doing More Background Checks

landlords as private investigators
landlords as private investigators

With vacancies at an all-time high, even the most chilled out landlord is likely to do a more in-depth background check on you. Why risk placing their apartment in your hands? No landlord wants the hassle of finding another renter, even today, during a renter's market.

Beyond a basic Google search or peek into your online social profiles, landlords are doing full-scale private eye work, too, reports The Real Deal.

They quote New York City-based R.Q. Investigations:

During a bad economy, real estate investors and real estate professionals are being a lot more cautious when it comes to approving a rental agreement. An individual with judgments, liens or bankruptcy is more likely to default on a home loan or rental agreement.

Here's what you can do to fight back: