Welcome to NTN-Chicago
Our office services the Greater Chicagoland area including Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, Kane County, Will County and McHenry County. Our office is in Lombard, centrally located to our market. The NTN-Chicago office staff are available 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We are happy to answer questions about new accounts, pricing, web site familiarization, credit report interpretation and other tenant screening related inquiries.
Tips for Successful Resident Screening
- Most landlords, even some ‘pros,’ are still practicing the old way of doing things— they take a social security number, make one phone call, and rent to the person. Then they wonder where the problems are coming from. Well, the old methods don’t work anymore. Quit relying on character judgment. For managing rental property, it does not work. Have a set application process, written down. Applicants must meet all the criteria. If they do, rent to them. If they don’t, don’t rent to them. It is simple, legal, and fair.
- Proper tenant screening increases occupancy and retention. Nothing in the fair housing laws forbids you from setting fair screening guidelines and applying them equally to all applicants. Keep in mind that every person belongs to these protected classes—each of us can be defined in terms of our race, color, religion, sex, and national origin, for example. So any time you deny an applicant, you have, in a sense, denied someone who belongs to a protected class. The question is whether or not you treat applicants or tenants unfairly because of the class to which they belong. If the criteria you set are blind to class issues and you apply them consistently, then you may turn down applicants who do not meet your criteria. The key lies in making sure your screening process is fair.
- Always ask for a picture ID and verification of the Social Security Number.
- Review the complete application for legibility and complete information including release signature of applicant(s).
Clients are charged by report. All accounts are billed monthly. Each invoice consolidates all of the reports run in the previous calendar month. Statements and invoices are prepared the first of each month. Open account and credit card billing are available.
2 East 22nd St
Lombard, IL 60148
Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.