We’ve all heard of landlords making prospective tenants undergo a screening process. But should we be running a background check on them too? Think about it…
A landlord may have lots of info on you like if you’ve faced eviction before… where you work, where you live, what school you go to, etc. They most likely also know your credit history and if you have a criminal record or not. You get the point, they know a whole lot.
But, what do you know about them? Are they fair when it comes to security deposits? How about privacy, will your landlord respect yours? You may wanna keep reading if you’re iffy about any of these questions already.
Landlords and Hidden Cameras
In 2012, a landlord named James Hill was ordered by law to stay away from three of his tenants after he spied on the women with hidden cameras he placed in a heating vent.
Unfortunately, this happens more often than you’d think and the stories seem to only get crazier every time. Take Aksana Kuzmitskaya’s story, for example. At first, Kuzmitskaya’s deal sounded great! A job that includes room and board as part of the compensation? Sounds too good to be true! Especially in NY; one of the most expensive places to live in the US. That’s because it was.
In 2013, she sued her landlords/employers, after she found hidden cameras in her NY apartment. In the cameras were over 70 videos of her engaging in private acts, all recorded without her consent.
Landlord or Scamlord?
Do you use Craigslist to look for housing options? I know I have. Be aware of the scammers on this site pretending to be landlords. They will make you believe you finally found a sweet spot within your budget. But, when you show up to the place (if there even is one), you find out that someone currently occupies it and is not for rent. That’s exactly what happened to these two couples in college in San Francisco.
The Kidnapping Landlord
Have you ever needed more time for “move out” when your lease/ or rent contract was set to expire? This family requested an extension for health related issues and what they got in return is beyond shocking! Joseph Ebbing was arrested and charged with abduction, burglary, and obstructing official business after he abducted Tracy Stewart’s daughter, Rawstory reports.
It’s best to run a background check on your landlord before signing your contract or lease. But if you signed away and moved in without knowing who your landlord is, don’t sweat it. Spyfly’s got you covered.
Whether you’re looking for a new home or you’re already settled in, run a background check! After all, this is the person with a key to your place; with access to your home.