By Sue Botos
City officials have announced a new discounted tenant applicant screening service.
Lakewood has partnered with CoreLogic SafeRent to offer a full spectrum of background checking services utilizing the company’s vast databases of landlord and tenant criminal records.
CoreLogic SafeRent is a comprehensive suite of services designed especially for the smaller landlord. The SafeRent Direct program includes the same vital leasing-decision services used by some of the nation’s largest real estate investment companies and property managers. This service also includes the only available statistically validated tenant score.
“Finding good tenants is more challenging than ever,” stated Mayor Michael Summers. “Screening services like SafeRent dramatically increase the odds of success.”
Landlords who opt to use the program to screen their tenant applicants will satisfy a portion of an extensive ordinance passed by City Council last year which became effective in May. The legislation, Ord. 55-10, spells out the requirements for obtaining a housing license.
Landlords using the SafeRent online screening services will receive a substantial discount on background check packages offered by the company. The discount code is for use only by those who own property in Lakewood, and are only available on screening packages ordered online through www.saferentdirect.com.
To obtain the discount code, landlords can visit www.onelakewood.com and click on the Landlord Resources button under Quick Links. Owners can also send email to Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of “Tenant Screening Code.” In the body of the email, the following should be provided:
- Landlord name
- The street address of Lakewood rental property
- Any relationship to the property owner if not the owner
Once a request has been reviewed and approved, the discount code will be sent. After being given the code, a landlord can visit www.saferentdirect.com to open an account, determine the best package and complete the screening process.