Contemporary Information Corporation (CIC), a nationwide tenant screening company with 28 years of real estate rental industry experience, has launched a new, consumer initiated tenant screening service. ApplyConnect helps landlords, real estate agents, and property managers find the best renters to fill their vacancies. CIC has contracted with Experian, the leading global information services company, to provide consumer credit reports with a VantageScore 3.0 credit score as part of the ApplyConnect system. The VantageScore 3.0 is a post-recession, consumer credit scoring model that uses a more familiar scale, more granular data and can score 30-35 million more consumers who are typically unscoreable. In addition to this credit report and score, users have access to a national search of criminal records. The search accesses court records across the country, including the sex offender registry, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control for known drug traffickers and terrorists. It is free for those offering real estate rentals, with no physical inspection fees or monthly fees and it’s available 24/7. Rental applicants will love that as a consumer initiated inquiry, their credit score will not be impacted. The renter simply initiates the report, pays for it upfront and grants permission to the landlord to view it.

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