What are appropriate references for landlord to ask for?
We are new to apartment hunting, not having to do it for many years. We expected to have to provide references but the rental application we've been asked to fill out, seems a little invasive to me. I understand that landlords have to be careful and I don't have any answers that are going to be a problem, but I always balk at giving personal information for my own protection. After all, I don't know this landlord from Adam.
He's asking for my social security # and my bank account numbers. If he does a routine credit check, doesn't he get reassurance about our ability and history to pay without having my account numbers? He's asking for permission to call not only previous landlords, but neighbors to investigate us. Doing a criminal background check.
I want to assure this landlord that we are not ax murderers or deadbeats, but is this usual when applying for an apartment? Is there a way for me to check out this landlord to make sure he is okay to be giving my social security number to?