Credit check?

Question from Cathy updated on 21st August 2012:

We want to do a one-off credit check for a prospective tenant. We had been told that we could pay a small fee to do so however the agency I have contacted has told me we need to subscribe for a full year. Can you give me a name of a company that I can use for this one-off check?

Our expert Juliet Robinson responded:

I recommend that you join your local property investors’ association. You can find your local association via the NZ Property Investors’ Federation at Among the membership benefits you can get access to credit check facilities through Tenancy Information New Zealand. Also, you may like to try Veda Advantage. I suggest you look at the company’s Web site on Be aware that you need your prospective tenant’s permission before you carry out any checks on their personal information.

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