September 18, 2021

Landlords

Inquisitores Company is a Private Detective Agency that helps landlords:

  • Inquisitores Company (“Inquisitores”) assists landlords across the United States by providing Tenant Screening Services, National Civil Courts Searches, National Criminal Searches, Credit Checks, and Background Checks in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.
  • Get all the information you need to make the best choice on potential renters. 
  • Inquisitores empowers landlords to reduce risk and to maximize their rent collection.
  • We provide the right screening and background checks that identify the best qualified tenants.
  • Our detective agency has access to law-enforcement grade tools, which are not available to property management companies, regular tenant screening organizations, or credit bureaus.
  • We dive deep into an applicant’s background.

Cost of a bad tenant:

  • Months of lost rent revenue.
  • Attorney fees and court costs in eviction.
  • Possible property damage.
  • Lost sleep and stress.
  • Bad influence on other tenants.

Current tenant issues:

  • Eviction moratoriums and Cancel Rent Movements diminish landlord’s rights . Governmental tenant protection policies offer safeguards to tenants, but no landlord protection is available.
  • Tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of tenants are not paying rent.  According to the City Bureau, a Chicago-based civic journalism lab, approximately 1 million tenants face eviction.
  • How do landlords insure they do not inherit other people tenant problems?

Solution:

  • Tenant Screening Services and Background Checks by Inquisitores.
  • Inquisitores provides information that is not otherwise available to landlords.
  • By using Inquisitores Tenant Screening Services, landlords are able to reduce their risk and to maximize their rent collection.
  • You will know more about a prospective tenant than you would ever know from any credit check.

Inquisitores provides the following information to landlords, so landlords could make better informed decisions:

  • Credit Bureau Report with a FICO Score.
  • Social Security Number (SSN) Fraud information. We will know all other SSNs that a prospective tenant used, and who else used the SSN that a prospective tenant provided in his/her application.
  • Rental History.
  • 12 months of tenant’s bank statements.
  • Verified dates of birth and Social Security Numbers.
  • All present and past phone numbers.
  • All present and past email addresses.
  • All present and past residency addresses with names of property owners and their phone numbers.
  • Filtered National Civil Courts Search information.
    • Bankruptcy Records.
    • Foreclosures.
    • Liens.
    • Evictions.
    • Judgments.
  • Premium National Criminal Search: *
    • Traffic tickets,
    • DUI’s,
    • Warrants,
    • Arrests,
    • Criminal convictions,
    • Sexual offenders’ information.
  • Names, addresses, phone numbers of employers.
  • Driver’s License information.
  • Professional Affiliations.
  • Professional Licenses.
  • Current Property Deeds (real estate currently owned).
    • Address.
    • PIN Number (Tax ID Number).
    • Tax Assessor’s Information.
    • Legal Description.
    • Sale Date.
    • Purchase Price.
    • Seller’s Name and Address.
    • Lender’s (Mortgagor’s) Name and Address.
    • Mortgage Amount.
    • Mortgage Date.
    • Any Refinancing Information.
    • Property Assessments.
  • Past Property Deeds (real estate previously owned).
    • Address.
    • PIN Number (Tax ID Number).
    • Tax Assessor’s Information.
    • Legal Description.
    • Sale Date.
    • Purchase Price.
    • Seller’s Name and Address.
    • Lender’s (Mortgagor’s) Name and Address.
    • Mortgage Amount.
    • Mortgage Date.
    • Any Refinancing Information.
    • Property Assessments.
  • Current Vehicle Information.
    • Year, Make, and Model of all vehicles currently owned.
    • VIN Numbers.
    • License Plate Numbers.
    • Vehicle Tags History.
    • Title Information.
    • Lien Holders Information.
    • Addresses Registered to While Vehicle is Owned.
  • Past Vehicle Information.
    • Year, Make, and Model of all vehicles previously owned.
    • VIN Numbers.
    • License Plate Numbers.
    • Vehicle Tags History.
    • Title Information.
    • Lien Holders Information.
    • Addresses Registered to While Vehicle was Owned.
  • Global Watch Lists Information.
  • US Business Affiliations.
  • UCC Filings.
  • US Corporate Affiliations.
  • Aircraft Records.
  • Pilot Licenses.
  • Voter Registrations.
  • Hunting Permits.
  • Weapon Permits.
  • Possible Relatives.
  • Likely Associates.
  • Possible Associates.
  • Neighbors and their phone numbers.

Additional No-Cost Optional Services for landlords:

  • Online rent payment portal (payments are deposited directly to landlords account).  This service is free to landlords.  But tenants pay a small transaction fee when using this service.  Tenants can make payments using an electronic check (ACH), debit card, or credit card.
  • Online maintenance requests (initiated online by tenants in Tenant’s Portal).
  • Renters Insurance. Renters Insurance is paid monthly by tenants through Inquisitores (typically $15/m) in addition to the rent amount.  Renters Insurance protects tenant’s personal property (EXP: $5,000) and it also provides liability coverage to the tenant and to the landlord (EXP: $100,000). All landlords should require all their tenants to have Renters Insurance through Inquisitores, or through any other provided.

Why to use Inquisitores for Tenant Screening Services?

  • Landlords will be better equipped in making right decisions.
  • Landlords will be able to select the best qualified tenants.
  • Landlords will know more about people to whom they rent to.
  • Landlords will limit their risk and losses.
  • Landlords will be able to maximize their rent collection.
  • Landlords will be able to limit their liability by having additional liability insurance coverage through Renters Insurance.

How does it work:

  • Landlord pays a monthly subscription fee of $9.99/m.  There is no contact, this is a month-to-month subscription.
  • You can cancel your subscription any time by giving a 30-day written notice. Notice by email is no problem.
  • Upon cancellation, all records will be automatically deleted.  We do not keep or store any data if an account is canceled and deleted.
  • In the event a landlord cancels his/her subscription after acquiring a tenant, and later wants to renew Inquisitores Tenant Screening Services, we will have to start from the beginning, with the “Landlord’s On-boarding Form” and an $80 account reactivation fee will apply.
  • There is no limit on the number of properties, number of units, or numbers of tenants.
  • Tenant pays online one time fee of $49.99 directly to Inquisitores for Tenant Screening Services.
  • Tenant Screenings Services are free to landlords, but if a landlord wants to pay for Tenant Screening Services himself/herself that is possible.
  • We create a rental-unit-specific link to an online Rental Application and send invites to tenants, or to landlords.  Landlords then can forward the link to all of their applicants directly.  Note that the link is specific for each rental unit in every property.  Using that specific link, your applicants are matched with the right property and they order their own Tenant Screening Services and pay the fee online.  Upon completion of processing we share results with the landlord.
  • We can also perform Tenant Screening Services manually, using paper forms.
  • Landlords can print paper forms (hard-copies) of the Rental Application and hand them out directly to their prospective tenants.  After completion the Rental Application needs to be emailed, faxed, or mailed to us for processing.
  • Most tenant screening reports are available the same day.  However, some National Civil Courts Searches and some National Criminal Searches may take 24 to 36 hours, depending on a tenant.  Every tenant is diffident and some may require more time for processing.
  • When you decline a Rental Application because the applicant did not meet the property’s minimum rental requirements, under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. section 1681 et seq., you should provide the applicant with an adverse action letter (a/k/a FCRA Letter). The following is a link to a Sample FCRA Adverse Actin Letter.
  • Landlords have access to “Landlord’s Portal” where they can see all their tenants, documents, maintenance requests, and financial reports (if tenant’s online-payments are enabled).
  • Tenants have access to “Tenant’s Portal” where they can see their rents due, tenants can make online-payments (if tenant’s online-payments are enabled).  Tenants also see their Renters Insurance information, and they can submit maintenance requests online.

Signup process:

  • Use the Chat/Contact Us function located at the bottom of the page (right-side lower corner), or contact us by email at info@inquisitores.com, or call 1-888-999–5589. When calling please be patient, as we maybe helping other landlords at that time.
  • To better assist you, we ask landlords to complete the “Landlord’s On-boarding Form“, which lists landlord’s property information, number of units, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, rent amounts, etc. This information is necessary to match a prospective tenant to the right vacant unit for which a prospective tenant is applying.  Online Rental Application links are rental-unit-specific, so applicants are automatically matched with the right vacancy. 
  • We can send prospective tenant’s electronic Rental Application links that are specific to each vacant unit a landlord may have.  Some landlords prefer that we send the link to the landlord, and then the landlord shares the link with all of his/her applicants directly. This option gives landlords more control over the application process.
  • During the on-boarding process, we also ask landlords to provide a minimum of one (1) exterior photo of the property (more photos is better).
  • Setting Minimum Application Requirements for tenants.  We highly recommend that all landlords establish their own written “Tenant Minimum Application Requirements” for different real estate asset classes they hold as defined by the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), or the CCIM Institute. The following is a link to a sample “Tenant’s Minimum Application Requirements.
  • Rental Application.  In the event a landlord prefers to print a paper Rental Application and hand it to a prospective tenant, the following is a link to a sample Rental Application in PDF.  After completion the Rental Application needs to be emailed, faxed, or mailed to us for processing.

 

* Some local jurisdictions (EXP: Cook County, Illinois) may prohibit landlords from discrimination based on tenant’s criminal record.  However, such local ordinances usually do not prohibit landlords from performing criminal searches after a prospective tenant has been pre-qualified.  Inquisitores conducts National Criminal Searches and helps landlords across the United States, in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. It is impossible for us to know all local ordinances.  We only provide information, what a landlord does with that information is landlord’s sole responsibility.  Please check your local laws, and consult with your local attorney prior to subscribing to our services.