The Sex Offender Search performed by SimpliVerified for tenant screening allows for the identification of rental applicants who have been convicted of a sexual offense and are listed in the state’s sex offender registry. The focus of this tenant background screening can either be single state or nationwide.
Maintaining a safe living environment for tenants is of key importance, especially for properties where sensitive populations reside or are in close proximity. Specifically, a landlord or property manager can deny rent to a registered sex offender if:
- You run a multi-family rental property especially if you have tenants with children, the elderly, and other sensitive populations.
- The rental property is in close proximity to a school, playground, park, or any areas where children spend their time. The specifics of this regulation, however, depending on your state’s sex offender residency restriction laws. Some states restrict offenders from residing within 500 feet of any school property or childcare facilities while other states (such as Iowa) put a 2,000-feet restriction. Other states only provide proximity restrictions to the more serious offenders in Levels 2 to 4.
Having the sex offender search report on hand as part of your tenant background check procedures can help you ensure the safety of everyone on the property. However, you can’t just outrightly deny housing to anyone listed on the state’s sex offender registry, as you could get into legal trouble. A comprehensive sex offender report allows you to understand the case and its judgment so that you (together with local authorities) can make a well-informed risk assessment on renting out your property to a convicted sex offender.