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Websites We Love: Tenant Screening by USAA

The new year has come, the holiday boxes are stuffed away and that can only mean one thing, thousands of military families are preparing to receive their new orders and PCS this summer.

For military homeowners, this can be the most grueling time of year.

To rent or sell? Who to rent to? What if it doesn't rent or sell?

USAA has a page for members that can make this tumultuous time a little less exhausting.

Hidden away in the bank's online advice center is an entire page on owning a rental property. There, military homeowners can find solid advice on determining how much insurance to carry on their rental property, how much to charge for rent and advice on maintaining your property and expanding into more holdings.

Perhaps one of the most important services they offer homeowners is help screening potential rental clients.

At this site, USAA members can sign up to purchase background checks on any potential renters. The checks, completed through TransUnion, are done in minutes and give homeowners a national criminal background check, tenant risk score, leasing and deposit recommendation for each applicant, a full credit report for the applicant and will search nationally to see if they have been evicted.

The fee is only per background check.

And, you can set up your account and set it so that the applicant has to pay the fee. All personal information, such as social security numbers, are sent directly to TransUnion so you can assure potential clients that you will not have your hands on their confidential information.

Can a background check guarantee that a new renter won't walk out without paying or trash your house? No.

But it can definitely weed out the chronic offenders who have left a papertrail of unpaid rent and evictions behind them as they PCS from place to place.

Check it out. This $12 investment may save you a huge headache later.

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