Tenant Screening


Prospective Tenants and Screening Fees


When prospective residents apply for rental housing, they may be asked by the owner of the property to cover the cost of any credit reports and other available rental history gathered by the owner. Legally, the rental property owner is allowed to collect a fee to cover the costs to screen the applicant, however, there are important considerations that an owner should know. The California Apartment Association has developed forms for owners to ensure they properly complete this transaction. Learn more (pdf) .

Tenant Screening Service


Thank you for your interest in the San Francisco Apartment Association’s tenant screening service. Tenant Screening is provided by Credit Bureau Associates (CBA) To set up tenant screening please follow these guidelines. 

Initial Set-up


Our Tenant Screening service is for SFAA members only.

1. Call 800-564-6440, select Option 1 and tell CBA you are an SFAA member. 

2. Complete the tenant screening contract CBA will provide to you (includes FCRA compliance and Access of Data Requirements). 

3. Remember SFAA members receive a discount for the On-site Inspection which is required by Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. ($60.00 for SFAA members.)

Running Reports


Tenant screening is available from 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM, Monday thru Friday.
Phone: 800-564-6440, select Option 1 
Fax: 800-479-4946 

Online Tenant Screening Available

Please call 800-564-6440 and select Option 1 for more information. 

Fax your Rental Applications to us. Please include the following with the Applications:

  • Your name and member number
  • Type of report requested (see below)
  • Your phone/fax number and/or email.
Please make sure the Rental Application is legible and confirm that the Rental Application has been signed. We are unable to run any reports without a signed application. 

We thank you for choosing to support the SFAA through your tenant screening. Using our tenant screening services helps keep our organization funded by generating non-dues income. 

Tenant Screening Reports & Prices



 Report Name  Description   Cost
 Credit Report  Consumer Credit Report that will show: Credit Score, detailed trades list, collection records and public records   $10
 Unlawful Detainer
 Search  
 Eviction search  $10
 Employment Report  Credit report for employment purposes  $20
 Combo 1  Credit report and UD (Unlawful Detainer/Eviction) Search  $15
 Combo 2  Credit Report, UD, expanded verification (call employers and last two landlords
 - information based off of the application 
 $35
 SSN Search  Indicates where and when a social security number was issued  $8
 Identity Verification  Same as SSN Search but information is gathered from sources other than the credit bureaus,
 i.e. dry cleaners, pizza parlors, etc. 
 $8
 Canadian Credit Report  Consumer Credit Report for Canadian residents. Applicant must provide Canadian address and
 Social Insurance Number.
 $20
 Business Credit Report  Credit report on a business, including trades, public records and UCC filings  $40