Common Eviction Data Questions and Answers

1. Q: What are the identifiers used for the Eviction Check search and what happens if I get multiple responses ("Hits")?
A: For security reasons, most courts in the county have removed social security numbers from their public databases. Therefore, any eviction hits are based on a first/last name match. For applicants with common names you can expect to see multiple hits but these are not necessarily your applicant. If there is a middle initial listed in the Eviction records, compare this against your applicant's middle name to rule out any mismatches.

2. Q: What is Eviction Data?
A: Eviction data varies by state. Each state court may contain some or all of the following types of records:

  • Suits Filed - new suit filed at the court, the cause of action may be related to a landlord/tenant dispute.
  • Civil/Monetary Judgments - eviction with a judgment for a monetary award granted by a court.
  • Forcible Entry/Detainer - possession only judgment, no monetary award.

3. Q: How far back do you search for Eviction records?
A: It varies from state to state and goes as far back as 7 years.

4. Q: What if an applicant has a question about the Eviction Search?
A: Please remind the applicant that the records which come up are based on a name match. If your applicant feels that there is incorrect/incomplete information regarding a public record they should contact the court listed in the record to correct any errant information.

5. Q: Are eviction filings reflected in the credit evaluation?
A: Rarely. Sometimes civil judgments from landlords or apartment communities will be reported to the National Credit Bureaus and will therefore effect the credit evaluation. However few eviction-related instances actually reach the credit report.

6. Q: Where does ScreeningWorks get its data?
A: Eviction Check - ScreeningWorks receives data and information from multiple state repositories, reported to by the state's courts. Data varies by state.