An eviction report differs from a rental history report, in that it's not detail list of a person's rental history; rather, it only lists any evictions incurred within a given state. There are a few different methods for obtaining an eviction report for both renters and landlords. Most include paying a nominal fee to a rental reporting service such as Sublet.com.
Order an eviction report. This will be the most direct method for obtaining a renter's eviction history, if he has continuously resided within the same state. These reports range in cost from $15 to $20 and are provided by a few different online services, such as Mr. Landlord. An eviction report will show nonlitigated actions. "Eviction reports are a great tool for discovering if prospective residents have been served and sued by previous landlords for not paying their rent, information that most often does not show up on credit reports," according to Mr. Landlord.
Order a rental history report. If the renter has not lived within the same state for the past several years, an eviction report will not show evictions from other states. To remedy this, you must order a separate eviction report for the other state of residence or order a rental history report, also called a rental history verification. You can get a rental history report from several services such as You Credit Check.
Look through county court records. Have the applicant complete a rental application. Use the supplied information to determine where the renter applicant has lived previously. Go online to the clerk of the court's office in the county in which the renter applicant has lived and search for eviction notices filed against him.
Order a credit report. Evictions will appear on a renter applicant's credit report in the form of a judgment for unpaid rent, as judgments become public record and are therefore reported by the credit bureaus. Conduct a credit check on the renter applicant to ascertain if he has had a judgment entered against him for unpaid rent.
If you are a renter and want a copy of your rental history, obtain one free once a year, just like a credit report. If you have recently been denied a rental application, you are also entitled to a copy of your rental history and your credit report.
Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.