Quick Tips for Checking CORI
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Criminal background checks for Massachusetts are easy once you know the steps.
- Present each applicant over 18 with a CORI Acknowledgement Form.
- Verify the information they write on the form by checking their government issued ID.
- Sign and date the bottom of the form.
- Store the form in a locked cabinet. Or scan it, store it in encrypted storage, and shred the physical version.
- If you haven’t already, enroll for iCORI as an individual or organization for the purpose of landlording/providing housing.
- Verify your account. The email takes a long time and then the link only lasts for 24 hours, so check daily.
- Log in to iCORI to search for records.
- Verify that the hit matches the subject’s name, date of birth, and last six of their social security number.
- Remember that CORI covers Massachusetts only. See Which Tenant Screening Service is Best for other states.
- Remember that HUD now requires landlords treat criminal records carefully.
- Arrests are generally not disqualifiers. Convictions may be.
- For convictions to disqualify, they must be recent and/or relevant to housing.
- Record your CORI decision on your applicant qualifier, but do not print or save the CORI unless you follow the security measures in step 4 above.