As I landlord I’ve been doing tenant screening for years. Been withhttp://www.tenantverification.com for most of it. Researching applicants is just part of the job. And during all of that time only two applicants have ever request information from me to run their own search. Research is just as important to do if you’re the renter as it is for the landlord . Check things like tax records, market price for the area and so on. Never western union, always see the apartment first and if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Also beware of any “landlord” out of state or country, especially if they give you a large amount of personal information and a sad story.