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Dear PoPville – Bank Account Info on Rental Applications?

by Prince Of Petworth July 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm 28 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m currently looking for new rental housing in The District so I’ve been making the rounds to countless not-as-advertised properties from craigslist and beyond. I have a question that maybe some of your readers could help answer. I’ve been filling out rental applications, mostly make-shift, for most of the places I’ve been seeing and they often have a space that asks for bank account information, particularly the account number. I understand that verifying the tenant’s finances may be important but I really do not feel comfortable handing someone I don’t know this info. What if they don’t destroy it properly? Also, it would seem to me that a great way to get a bunch of bank account numbers would be to simply host an open house on craigslist.

– Paranoid Renter”

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