Frequently Asked Questions

Why Use Western Reporting?
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Why Should Employers Get a Background Check?
The costs of hiring the wrong applicant have become enormous! Negligent hiring lawsuits are up 800% nationwide. Employee theft has been rising dramatically in recent years. The hidden costs of lost time and revenue in the hiring/training/turnover cycle continue to increase.
Let Western Reporting do the background screening so you don’t have to. Let us help you:

  • Keep your company FCRA compliant while preventing litigation.
  • Obtain a thorough background check providing you and your employees peace of mind.
  • Verify education, employment and personal references- reducing resume fraud!
Why Should Landlords Get a Background Check?
The liability of accepting a bad tenant is huge! Eviction and legal fees can cost thousands of dollars, while property damage can be staggering. Your investment needs to be protected.

Let Western Reporting help increase your profitability with the best tenant screening product in the industry.

Find out if your applicants are financially responsible. Evaluate their credit score, trade line information, and public records including bankruptcies, tax liens, judgments, child support…and more.

  • Know who your applicant really is by verifying landlord, employment and personal references.
  • Provide protection and peace of mind for you and your tenants.
What is a credit score?
Credit scoring is a system creditors use to help determine whether to give you credit.
Information about you and your credit experiences, such as your bill-paying history, the number and type of accounts you have, late payments, collection actions, outstanding debt, and the age of your accounts, is collected from your credit application and your credit report. Using a statistical program, creditors compare this information to the credit performance of consumers with similar profiles. A credit scoring system awards points for each factor that helps predict who is most likely to repay a debt. A total number of points — a credit score — helps predict how credit worthy you are, that is, how likely it is that you will repay a loan and make the payments when due.

Because your credit report is an important part of many credit scoring systems, it is very important to make sure it’s accurate.

Consumers are entitled to 1 free report each year from each of the 3 credit bureaus; Equifax, Trans Union and Experian. To get a free copy of your report go to Although the credit report is free, you will have to pay for your credit (FICO) score.

What can I do to improve my score?
Credit scoring models are complex and often vary among creditors and for different types of credit. If one factor changes, your score may change — but improvement generally depends on how that factor relates to other factors considered by the model. Only the creditor can explain what might improve your score under the particular model used to evaluate your credit application.

Nevertheless, scoring models generally evaluate the following types of information in your credit report:

Have you paid your bills on time? Payment history typically is a significant factor. It is likely that your score will be affected negatively if you have paid bills late, had an account referred to collections, or declared bankruptcy, if that history is reflected on your credit report.

What is your outstanding debt? Many scoring models evaluate the amount of debt you have compared to your credit limits. If the amount you owe is close to your credit limit it is likely to have a negative affect on your score.

How long is your credit history? Generally, models consider the length of your credit track record. An insufficient credit history may have an effect on your score, but that can be offset by other factors, such as timely payments and low balances.

Have you applied for new credit recently? Many scoring models consider whether you have applied for credit recently by looking at “inquiries” on your credit report when you apply for credit. If you have applied for too many new accounts recently, it may negatively affect your score. However, not all inquiries are counted. Inquiries by creditors who are monitoring your account or looking at credit reports to make “pre-screened” credit offers are not counted. Screening report inquiries for tenant or employment are not counted.

How many and what types of credit accounts do you have? Although it is generally good to have established credit accounts, too many credit card accounts may have a negative result on your score. In addition, many models consider the type of credit accounts you have. For example, under some scoring models, loans from finance companies may negatively affect your credit score.

To improve your credit score under most models, concentrate on paying your bills on time, paying down outstanding balances, and not taking on new debt. It’s likely to take some time to improve your score significantly.

What is FCRA?
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that regulates how consumer reporting agencies can use your information. It restricts who has access to your sensitive credit information and states how that information can be used.
Do I have to have written consent from an applicant to run a credit check?
Yes. You must have the written consent of the applicant to obtain a copy of their credit file. It is illegal to obtain someone’s credit history without their consent. Failure to obtain written consent could lead to legal proceedings against you by the applicant or the credit repository.
Why was there no credit file found on my prospective tenant?
There are only a few reasons why there is no credit file on an Individual.

Prospective Applicant is very young and has not yet established a credit history.
Prospective Applicant is on a Disability or Income Assistance Allowance and does not have a credit file.
Prospective Applicant has been incarcerated for a long period of time and thus has not had an opportunity to establish a credit history.
Prospective Applicant is a new arrival to the country and has not yet established a credit history.
Prospective Applicant has provided you with false information to ensure that you do not find his/her credit history. Some applicants misspell their name, provide a wrong date of birth, invalid Social Security Number, or illegible application.
Accounts are being reported to only one credit bureau in which case a second bureau should be pulled.

No credit file is a red flag in most instances and your screening process should include further due diligence. Visit for tips.

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