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Clarifying six different types of background checks

2Written by Tenant Screening Services, LLC

Conducting criminal background checks is beneficial for employers, people giving their properties on rent and for the general public. Pre employment checks prevents the risk of negligent hiring lawsuits, reduces employee theft and creates a safer workplace.

Tenant background screening help the landlord to maintain the standards of their property, ensure they receive their rent on time and have the peace of mind of knowing that their property is safe.  However, distinguishing which type of criminal background checks to conduct can be challenging.

Here are a few available criminal and civil information sources.

County criminal records – These records will uncover misdemeanors/ felonies in county courts in the US.

State criminal records – These records will give you information on crimes committed by the applicant in his/her state of residence from police records.

National criminal records – These records will uncover any crimes committed by the applicant, while travelling and uncover any hidden information.

Federal criminal records – These records will uncover any federal crimes that have seen the applicant prosecuted by a federal court. Such crimes could include tax evasion, fraud, embezzlement, mail and wire fraud etc.

Prohibited and restricted parties search – These records will give information on applicants that cannot be hired, because they are known money launders, narcotic traffickers, illegal weapon traders or terrorists.

Sex offender registry search – This search will uncover if the applicant is a sex offender.