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Does a foreclosure show up on a criminal background check?

Does a foreclosure show up on a criminal background check? I know it’s on my counties public records website and since it has to go to court will it show on a background check? Don’t have a bad criminal background at all,just losing our home through these bad times,and the landlord has to do a criminal background check,they don’t check credit,which I know foreclosure is on that. Thanks.


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6 Responses to "Does a foreclosure show up on a criminal background check?"

  1. Patches O'Houlihan says:
    No, it’s not a criminal matter.
  2. Alli K. says:
    No. Foreclosure is a civil matter. If the background check looks for major civil matters, a foreclosure will show up.
  3. Paul in Alaska says:
    A criminal background check is the process of looking up and compiling criminal records, commercial records and financial records (in certain instances such as employment screening) of an individual. So yes, this will show up.
  4. Bandit says:
    Unless you were charged with mortgage fraud or theft of property from the foreclosed dwelling, there is no reason for it to show on a criminal background check. Wow, sounds like a dangerous place to live, where you pay in advance and they are worried about criminal activity ? Good luck with that, hope you get back on your feet soon.
  5. John says:
    I have spent the last year and a half researching and testing background check services for a consumer review site ( ) and in that time have run tons of background checks using many different companies. In your question you specifically refer to a “criminal background check”. If a landlord paid specifically for a criminal background check then information relating to your foreclosure will not show up. Most landlords, however, run a regular background check which does look for court records. In that case, I would expect the foreclosure to show up. It really doesn’t matter all that much if he is running a credit check as well since this will show up in detail on that report.

    Hope that helps.

  6. Web Researcher says:
    No it does not show up on the criminal background check.. only on the credit check.. so you have nothing to worry about, since a foreclosure isn’t a criminal offense..

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