TVS Launches Bad Tenant Database in Canada

by Chris on April 25, 2016

For years, landlords have called for a bad tenant registry that could help weed out the problem tenants from the good, and reduce rental income loss. Now, that wish is reality.

TVS has launched its affiliate website, LandlordCreditBureau.ca,  which hosts a comprehensive database showing high and low risk tenants.

The system works in conjunction with www.tenantverification.com. TVS has been recording and reporting tenant pay habits for many years. Now, this information is part of Landlord Credit Bureau.

TVS members can report tenant pay habits directly to Landlord Credit Bureau (LCB) – you don’t need another login, or to switch websites. The process has been made simple and easy for TVS members:

STEP ONE: Log in at www.tenantverification.com.
STEP TWO: Locate the Tenant Pay Habits tab in the toolbar.
STEP THREE: Click on the tab and start reporting tenant pay habits!

While this information is the next logical step in improving tenant screening, the system has another crucial function. It serves as an incentive for tenants to make timely rent payments… and to not skip out on rent. Renters who were prone to using landlords as a revolving line of credit are now provided with a consequence. And that is “stop abusing landlords or you will have a difficult time finding rental accommodations in the future.”

Good tenants are rewarded.

A Certificate of Satisfactory Tenancy can be issued at the end of a good tenancy. Many tenants don’t have a stellar credit history, but they are good tenants and pay rent on time. Low Risk Tenants now have an opportunity to strengthen their rental history, and to continue with timely rent payments.

Accountability is key to keeping tenants honest — and paying rent on time. When tenants know their rent payment is reported to a national registry, they begin to think beyond the current tenancy, and consider what might happen the next time they apply for a rental. There’s no better incentive to pay rent on time, care for the property, and otherwise honor the lease agreement. Read Notice to Tenant.

High risk tenants have used landlords as a revolving line of credit for ages – always paying late and delaying eviction, with little or no consequence. When evicted from one rental, they simply move on to another. LCB provides a consequence by identifying these high risk tenants to the residential rental industry. One bad tenant should only be able to rip off one landlord one time where landlords report rent pay habits.

tenant screeningLCB is national in scope, outsmarting landlord abusers who attempt to reinvent themselves somewhere new. Reporting is made easy, and the search is free to participating landlords and property managers who are TVS members.

Tenants wishing to monitor their rent history can do so for a small fee. Low risk tenants will want landlords to report their on-time rent payments as it will assist them when applying for new rental accommodation.

LCB will reduce loss of rental income due to “High Risk Tenants.” Identifying tenants who use landlords as a revolving line of credit, live rent-free, or cause thousands of dollars in property damage, is crucial to maintaining the financial health of your landlord business.

This is the best way to stop high risk tenants and reward low risk tenants.

To get started, login to your TVS account and find Tenant Pay Habits in the upper tool bar. Many of you are already doing this — you do not need to do anything more.

The Landlord Credit Bureau database is automatically searched when you request a consumer report on a new applicant. The report shows up in View History extreme right.

Please ensure that you are using the Notice to Tenant and the Certificate of Satisfactory Tenancy which can be found in the forms section after login.

This post is provided by Tenant Verification Service, Inc., helping landlords reduce the risks of renting with fraud prevention tools that include Tenant Screening, Tenant Background Checks, (U.S. and Canada), as well as Criminal Background Checks, and Eviction Reports (U.S. only).

Click Here to Receive Landlord Credit Reports.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this post in not intended to be construed as legal advice, nor should it be considered a substitute for obtaining individual legal counsel or consulting your local, state, federal or provincial tenancy laws.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian Blackwood April 26, 2016 at 5:10 am

This is awesome news. I am so glad i am a member and you make everything so easy to ensure i am getting great tenants! Thanks again
Brian

Patricia Rose April 26, 2016 at 5:49 am

Is the person’s permission required to post their name, and possibly other information, in a data base?
Does this conform with Canadian privacy laws?
Are there any safeguards against misuse?

SYED MONIRUZZAMAN April 26, 2016 at 6:21 am

I went to the site LandlordCreditBureau.ca. But how would you get DOB of your possible tenant? Thanks

Jane Bowers April 26, 2016 at 6:23 am

Great news! Thank you

Jason April 26, 2016 at 6:24 am

Doesn’t something like this violate tenant privacy laws? Is this legal in all provinces?

Debbie Strate April 26, 2016 at 6:38 am

You’re right. The db will only be as good as the number of people who faithfully use it.

William Clary April 26, 2016 at 8:03 am

Is there a location where a Landlord may record a bad tenant that has damaged their revenue property? For example, the last tenants we were forced to evict left behind in excess of $15,000.00 in damage. Where can we record this so if another Landlord searches their names, this information is presented, with photographs and video evidence?

Marv April 26, 2016 at 11:24 am

The Landlord Credit Bureau (LCB) is fully compliant with federal and provincial legislation as it relates to a credit reporting agency.

The BC Office of the Privacy Commission reviewed the process just over two years ago. They found TVS to be fully compliant regarding privacy issues. They have been updated with the recent information regarding LCB.

TVS has been reporting tenant pay habits for 12 years or more. The only thing new is the website — http://www.landlordcreditbureau.ca — gives you more information. As noted above in the three (3) steps. It is quick and easy from both http://www.tenantverification.com and http://www.atenantscreen.com .

Tenants can monitor their tenant history; they can dispute a report by a landlord.

I will monitor the questions here and answer in another blog.

Regards,

Marv Steier

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Jeannine Hutty November 6, 2018 at 11:23 am

Do you or know of a registry to report tenants who may be reliable to pay rent on time, but are otherwise horrible tenants: breaking/damaging things, rude to live with, etc.? I am in Ontario. Thanks.

Maria Fernandez November 6, 2018 at 11:53 am

Hi … I would like to report on a bad tenant who has been evicted from our property leaving behind huge unpaid bills and left our property in a mess with a big pile of furniture/mattresses in the garage and furniture around the house. For months, they harassed us for non-payment of rent and cost us 1000s of dollars to get them evicted through the LTB. I would like people to know about them as they profess to be good people, drive a BMW. The husband is a contractor for carpet installation and the wife works as technician in the hospital. Please let me know how I can go about this.

thanks,
Maria

Thomas Doran November 4, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Had Tenants in Calgary, they paid the first 1 1/2 Mo rent plus damage Deposit on moving in, then supposedly had financial trouble and asked for the 1/2 mo back , then had every hard luck story in the book. Only every paid a portion of what was due on threat of eviction ie. (Pay or vacate notice). Finally had to evict and they left with a replacement refrigerator, a curtain and shower curtain leaving junk behind. I think now all the stories were made up. Watch for them, No references because they supposedly just sold their acreage.

Chris November 5, 2019 at 9:57 am

Hi Thomas,
Thanks for sharing your experience with other landlords. One nightmare tenant can cost many months of rental income. Unfortunately, tenant privacy rules protect these bad actors. LandlordCreditBureau.ca is the answer! Report tenants to this database to flag a professional tenant who has scammed previous landlords. By reporting rent payments through TVS, bad tenants lose because that information is shared with a credit bureau. Good tenants benefit by building better credit and rental history. Thanks for reading! Chris

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