An eviction is the legal process used to recovery your property (apartment, home, etc). A proper eviction requires a court order to remove the tenant, at times a Sheriff if they still refuse to leave, and depending on the situation an attorney to handle the legal process. Evictions are granted to the landlord when a tenant has breached their lease agreement, generally due to non-payment of rent.
TenantAlert recommends obtaining an Eviction History Report, included with many of the TenantAlert Express or TenantAlert Direct packages, each time you screen a prospective tenant.By pulling the eviction history of an applicant you can learn the stability of the tenant and the likelihood they will be able to pay you rent.
An Eviction History Report helps to prevent the costly and time consuming process of having to evict a tenant from your property in the future.
Our Eviction History Reports include data collected from county level courts when a judgment for possession of property is filed. Eviction judgments, sometimes called unlawful detainers, do not appear on consumer credit reports. A consumer credit report only consists of credit-related matters. If an eviction judgment includes a money award, and most do not, it might appear on a credit report.
Another familiar name for evictions is a "Judgment for Possession Only" or a "Judgment for Possession and Restitution". For possession only there is no money award, it's just for possession of the property. These types of eviction are the most common and do not appear on tenant screening credit reports. The only way to discover if a tenant has been evicted with a "Judgment for Possession Only" is to pull an Eviction History Report. The other type of eviction is a "Judgment for Possession and Restitution". This type of judgment does include a monetary award and many times will appear on the credit report.
The information returned with an Eviction History Report includes: