Essential Tips For A Successful Rental Credit Check

Passing a rental credit check doesn't have to be stressful if you prepare in advance. 

Credit checks are nerve-wracking at the best of times—and if you need to pass a credit check to rent your next apartment, the pressure’s really on. 

Landlords perform credit checks because they want to make sure that a prospective tenant is trustworthy. 

Worried about your next rental credit check? Here are ten proactive things you can do to improve your chances of success: 

Check Your Credit Report

Knowledge is power, so order a copy of your credit report from all three bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—before you do anything else. 

Fix Reporting Errors

If you notice any errors on your credit report, challenge them right away. You can dispute mistakes at any of the three main credit bureaus online, via email, or by phone. 

Be Honest

Honesty is often the best policy—especially if you have bad credit. People with poor credit histories rent homes all the time, so you’re unlikely to fall completely flat.