What does a background check include?

In an effort to conform to fair-housing guidance from federal agencies and industry, certain results are excluded from the background search report. HotPads places limits on what’s produced as part of the criminal search.

Criminal background reports are conducted by Checkr, a third-party provider. Results are normally delivered instantly.

Background checks include public records searches of:

  • Evictions
  • National Background Search (30 million records)
    • All homicide, sexual abuse, terrorism or treason offenses
    • All violent felonies
    • All other felonies committed in the past 7 years
    • All misdemeanors committed in the past 5 years (traffic, vehicle and statutory misdemeanors excluded from search)
  • National and State Sex Offender Database
  • SSN trace
  • Global Watchlist

Background checks do not include:

  • Traffic and vehicle misdemeanors (such as speeding tickets and parking offenses)
  • Statutory misdemeanors (such as fish and game licensing and zoning offenses)
  • County and state records searches
  • Non-violent felonies older than 7 years (such as financial crimes or burglary)
  • Non-violent misdemeanors older than 5 years (such as shoplifting or vandalism)

In some cases, application components, such as background checks or credit reports, are modified to reflect state and local legal requirements. If you have about the background check or the applications product in general, please contact rentalapplications@hotpads.com