Background Check

HousingMatch.org has a policy that everyone who posts an ad to share housing must complete a background check, even if they own the property.

What we screen for:

HousingMatch.org screens the reports for multiple evictions, serious violent criminal offenses, registered sex offenders, and any other derogatory information that may impact the safety of our members. If you are aware of any information that you think may impact the screening, please have your background check run with the help of a participating agency.

Next steps:

  1. Get these two reports.
  2. Send the CORI to HousingMatch.org

    o IMPORTANT-Please redact (black out) the year you were born, and the first five (5) digits of your social security number before uploading the report.

    Upload CORI report

    • Your Tenant Screening Report will be sent automatically to HousingMatch.org by the screening service. org does not accept reports from other services.
  3. When approved, you will receive a links by email to post and ad and activate your new account.
    About the Tenant Screening Report:You will need to have your driver’s license and social security number ready to obtain the report. The screening service charges $31 for the report which you may keep for your records.  You can make payment directly to them with by a major credit card.

    The report may be completed the same day, or if there is criminal history being reported, may take up to one week. A copy will be sent to HousingMatch.org to review.

    The report will include your TransUnion credit report, a thorough OFAC, SDN, nationwide criminal records search, sex offender’s registry, FBI’s Most Wanted, Terrorist Watch, and a national eviction history search. All searches are conducted in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by Reliable Background Screening a BBB recommended service. HousingMatch.org will not accept background check reports from other services.

    About the CORI:

    Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) is specific to criminal records for the state of Massachusetts only. The state charges $25 for the CORI report, however, qualifying households can obtain the report free of charge. You can obtain your CORI instantly online by visiting the ICORI website.

    Disputes:

    If you wish to dispute any of the information that you find in the Tenant Screening Report, you can contact Reliable Screening Service directly at (800)787-2439. For disputes about information in your CORI, see links in our Resources section for free legal services available in Massachusetts.