Did You Screen the Wrong John Smith? What ApplyConnect Does to Stop the Confusion

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Identity theft is one thing, but for some people, an identity mix-up can be a pretty close tragedy. When two renters with similar names but drastically different lifestyles get twisted, it can result in a missed job opportunity or the loss of a new home. And for those applicants who figure out what happened, there’s the possibility they might sue for the mix-up, which is a lot of money out of your pocket. How can you prevent mix-ups from happening? 

Identity theft is one thing, but for some people, an identity mix-up can be a pretty close tragedy. When two renters with similar names but drastically different lifestyles get twisted, it can result in a missed job opportunity or the loss of a new home. And for those applicants who figure out what happened, there’s the possibility they might sue for the mix-up, which is a lot of money out of your pocket. How can you prevent mix-ups from happening? 

How Does it Happen

When two people have similar names, nicknames, aliases, or birth locations, some software can mix them up without much effort. Without consistent testing such as cross checking or updated records, it can be easy for two people in the same area with the same name to be confused. However because of this, a landlord or property manager would open themselves up to liabilities if these mistakes aren’t fixed, and it certainly wouldn’t be the first time.

How Does it Happen

When two people have similar names, nicknames, aliases, or birth locations, some software can mix them up without much effort. Without consistent testing such as cross checking or updated records, it can be easy for two people in the same area with the same name to be confused. However because of this, a landlord or property manager would open themselves up to liabilities if these mistakes aren’t fixed, and it certainly wouldn’t be the first time.

How We Can Help

ApplyConnect works hard to prevent these problems not just from escalating, but from happening at all in the first place by using responsible tenant screening best practices. This includes data security where we use methods like bank level encryption to keep both your personal information safe and that of your applicants. ApplyConnect also ensures nicknames, aliases and previous places of residence all match up.

How We Can Help

ApplyConnect works hard to prevent these problems not just from escalating, but from happening at all in the first place by using responsible tenant screening best practices. This includes data security where we use methods like bank level encryption to keep both your personal information safe and that of your applicants. ApplyConnect also ensures nicknames, aliases and previous places of residence all match up.

With our data practices, we also follow strict guidelines to help protect you. We utilize more effective research with a variety of databases and cross-reference with careful checks and balances. This is just one way we improve the accuracy of our reports for you.

For those curious about after the fact, our compliance team is well trained in handling identity mix ups. One of the biggest reasons for an applicant to lawyer up is because they feel they have no choice, that no one is listening, and they have to do something get the situation fixed. With ApplyConnect, your applicants can speak up when they have a problem. If a renter thinks there has been a mistake, they can reach out to us to have it checked out and fixed. That way, there is a middle ground to be reached, and no need to lawyer up.

With our data practices, we also follow strict guidelines to help protect you. We utilize more effective research with a variety of databases and cross-reference with careful checks and balances. This is just one way we improve the accuracy of our reports for you.

For those curious about after the fact, our compliance team is well trained in handling identity mix ups. One of the biggest reasons for an applicant to lawyer up is because they feel they have no choice, that no one is listening, and they have to do something get the situation fixed. With ApplyConnect, your applicants can speak up when they have a problem. If a renter thinks there has been a mistake, they can reach out to us to have it checked out and fixed. That way, there is a middle ground to be reached, and no need to lawyer up.

It’s one thing when a parent calls you by your sibling’s name. At least that can be expected. When a landlord you’re trying to impress mixes you up with someone else who has a rotten history, that’s an entirely different problem. On the bright side, with the right tenant screening service behind you, it can at least be dealt with in an orderly fashion, with minimal damages left behind.

It’s one thing when a parent calls you by your sibling’s name. At least that can be expected. When a landlord you’re trying to impress mixes you up with someone else who has a rotten history, that’s an entirely different problem. On the bright side, with the right tenant screening service behind you, it can at least be dealt with in an orderly fashion, with minimal damages left behind.

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