Great convenience, get tenant screening reports in minutes

Request a background check

You create an account and send your potential tenant an invite.

step 1 create account
step 2 invite your potential tenant

Get renter approval

Your potential tenant receives screening invite & completes their application.

step 3 we verify and send you the tenant reports

Receive tenant screening report

We verify and send you the tenant's reports.

See the full picture of your tenant with our great screening reports

Credit Report

Designed specifically for tenant screening. SmartMove tenant credit checks use ResidentScore to predict eviction risk 15% better than traditional credit scores.

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Criminal Report

Over 370 million criminal records from state and national databases.

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Eviction Report

One of the largest evictions databases subject to the FCRA with 27 million eviction records, covering all 50 states plus Washington D.C.

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Income Insights Report

Know which applicants need additional verification, skip the rest.

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What our users are saying about their great tenants

SmartMove is very convenient to use. I like that the process is all online, the speed and accuracy of the reports, and that the service is backed by a company as well respected as TransUnion. I had much more confidence after using SmartMove that the tenant I picked would be excellent – and they were, always paid on-time and were responsible tenants.


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The average eviction costs $3,500.

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Online Tenant Screening For Independent Landlords

Great Reports. Great Convenience. Great Tenants.

TransUnion SmartMove is the convenient tenant screening service for people who don't manage hundreds of properties.

Screening tenants used to be just for large professional property management companies. It's easy to understand why: pulling certain types of reports like tenant credit reports isn't possible for most individuals. This includes resident screening for many rental property owners, real estate agents and even small property management companies.  

TransUnion changed that with the patented SmartMove tenant screening product, adding convenience and wide accessibility into tenant background checks.

In a nutshell, SmartMove allows rental history reports to be delivered to the landlord (or rental property owner, real estate agent or whoever is in charge of screening applicants) while protecting consumer information in a manner consistent with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and applicable regulations.

And… it's completely paperless and online. It's free to sign up for an account. Accounts can be created and screening reports delivered in a matter of minutes. There’s no fee for a membership because SmartMove offers pay-as-you go. Only pay for the reports you need. Additionally, SmartMove enables landlords the choice to pay themselves or pass the cost of background screening onto your tenants.

Now renter credit, income estimate and eviction reports plus criminal background checks are available to all landlords and property owners. All of this information is contained within one easy-to-read tenant background check report.

A key to picking out the right renter is to have quality tenant background check information, including an eviction history check, to help you make your decision.

This is where TransUnion SmartMove is best:

  • Straight from the source: We have access to the credit reports of one of the nationwide Credit Rating Agencies, resulting in more accurate tenant credit checks
  • Reliable data: SmartMove tenant background checks contain data that is maintained and delivered in a manner consistent with the FCRA and applicable regulations
  • Broad coverage: Millions of records covering credit, criminal and evictions histories
  • More accurate matching: Advanced matching logic using consumer address and name history to match your rental applicants to our report histories
  • Just for Tenant Screening: Report types and formats are specific to helping you decide which rental applicant to choose

And, TransUnion SmartMove tenant screening services offers exclusive benefits and features that are designed to help landlords make more informed decisions.

Only SmartMove offers:

  • Income Insights: Our proprietary tenant background checks offer Income Insights, a custom report that tells landlords which applicants need additional income verification. This report can help you save time and effort during the tenant screening process and lowers your risk for renter payment issues.
  • ResidentScore 2.0: THis credit measurement is built specifically for tenant screening and delivers a more accurate assessment of renter risk than a typical credit score. According to TransUnion research, ResidentScore predicts evictions 15% more often in comparison to a typical credit score in the bottom 20% score range where risk is greatest.
  • Choice of Who Pays: SmartMove gives landlords flexibility to choose to pay or pass the cost of tenant screening serverices to the tenant

All that's left is to pick the right renter for your rental property

Along with tenant screening reports, SmartMove delivers a credit-based recommendation based on the applicant's ResidentScore.

A landlord credit check is an important step to evaluate your applicant. And, we know you base your leasing decision on more than just a credit profile or renter balance sheet. But as a consumer reporting agency, TransUnion leverages its decades of experience to offer ResidentScore 2.0, a credit score tailored specifically for the rental industry, helping you better assess an applicant's risk. Use credit checks designed for tenant screening, and find high-quality tenants faster.

Why renters like TransUnion SmartMove tenant credit checks, too

A TransUnion tenant background check allows your applicants to share their histories while also protecting their personal identifying information. Renters who use SmartMove tenant screening services submit their personal information directly to TransUnion online, without having to provide sensitive information (such as a social security number) to the landlord. Ultimately, they like us because we help them get the rental they want while making them feel comfortable in sharing their personal information in a convenient, online solution.

*The Criminal Report is subject to federal, state and local laws which may limit or restrict SmartMove's ability to return some records.

**Instant criminal results not available for Wyoming, Delaware, South Dakota and Massachusetts.