Anyone interested in applying for a job or to rent an apartment should anticipate a background check will be conducted. This helps to determine if they are a good candidate for the job or apartment complex. This background check can bring up prior eviction records, criminal records and credit history that might not look favorable to the reviewer.
If you know you have a criminal record, or have been involved in the legal system, but think that your criminal record should be clear, you might want to take a look to see what a landlord or job interviewer will see about your past.
With a bit of research and digging, you can usually check your criminal records for free. Court records in many counties are often available online, and searchable by name and social security identification. In the U.S., court records are usually posted by the county the case occurred in, so you will have to search all the counties you lived in to gather a complete report. This process can be very time consuming, and there is a chance the records won’t be complete.
You can also call the records office for the county to see if your criminal record is available. There is a good chance the county will charge you a processing fee, and again, you’ll have to contact each county you lived in to receive the records for that county.
A much easier way to check your criminal history report is to purchase it from My Rental History, where you’ll receive not only all of your criminal records, but also any eviction records, your credit history and any other information a job interviewer or landlord will want to know about you. Know what’s on your rental history report before you apply for the job or apartment, so you can put your best face forward and impress the employer or the landlord.