SSN versus TIN tenant screeningFor property managers who work with tenant screening applicants regularly, you are bound to run into people who don’t have a social security number (SSN). This can sometimes complicate the process when needed to review their credit history in order to make an informed decision. Many applicants may offer to use a Tax Identification Number (TIN) instead, but how can this affect your screening process? Use this helpful infographic to learn about the similarities and differences between SSN and TIN.
ssn versus tin infographic

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Author Becky BowerBecky Bower is the Communications Executive here at the Resident Screening Blog. She holds a degree in English, with a focus in creative writing, from CSU Channel Islands. Her biggest weakness is cake and favorite superhero is Batman.


  1. Hello Becky,

    Thank you for your article on TIN vs. SSN. What do you recommend to do when you are required to run a credit check on individual?


    Jim Higson

    1. Good question!

      Regardless if your applicant has a SSN or TIN, you should run a credit check on them. While it’s difficult to process a credit check if your applicant has a TIN, it’s not impossible to bring up their credit records through other information. If there is enough matching personal identifiers (like name, DOB, and addresses), then you might be able to get a credit profile from that alone. If your applicant has no credit record (which is pretty common), then you should use your written rental requirements to help you make a decision.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      1. Becky,
        Thank you for your prompt and concise response to my question.
        Jim Higson

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