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Drivers Licence number in rental application?

Is it normal that a landlord would require a driver's license number when applying to rent a property? Thought only the govt and bank can ask for that? Seems like an identity theft risk.
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To validate your ID. They cannot ask for you SIN but DL is OK.
The Government cannot give to anybody anything that the Government does not first take from somebody else.
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They can do a credit check using the DL.
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hagbard wrote: Is it normal that a landlord would require a driver's license number when applying to rent a property? Thought only the govt and bank can ask for that? Seems like an identity theft risk.
https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/privacy-topic ... ationship/

What personal information do I have to provide to a prospective landlord?

In order to make a decision on whether or not to rent a property to you, a prospective landlord may ask for some personal information to allow them to complete a credit check. A credit check will give the prospective landlord information about your ability to pay the rent.

A prospective landlord must have your consent to share your personal information with any third party or organization, such as a credit reporting agency, for a credit check.

To run a credit check, the landlord would need, at a minimum:

your name,
address, and
date of birth.

Some landlords may also ask for your driver’s license, passport, employer, income and expenses on a rental application. This information is not needed for a credit check but may allow the landlord to obtain a more detailed report from organizations that offer credit checks, or to ensure that you are not confused with someone with a similar name and date of birth.
Does a landlord require my Social Insurance Number (SIN)?

No. Your Social Insurance Number is a confidential number used for income reporting purposes. Under the law, organizations cannot require you to consent to the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information unless it is required for a specific and legitimate purpose.
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hagbard wrote: Is it normal that a landlord would require a driver's license number when applying to rent a property? Thought only the govt and bank can ask for that? Seems like an identity theft risk.
If you're worried then don't give it, but be prepared to miss out on a lot of rentals. Most cases it is to show that you're serious and not just wasting their time.
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Okay guys, thanks for the info. I'll give him my DL.
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Now I'm supposed to give a "deposit" on first and last months rent, but we're not getting it till November. Should I be doing post dated or do you think he expects full payment now?
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hagbard wrote: Now I'm supposed to give a "deposit" on first and last months rent, but we're not getting it till November. Should I be doing post dated or do you think he expects full payment now?
This is standard first month rental is always first month rent and last month, so when you eventually leave you don't pay rent for your last month and then you save up and repeat.
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Zombly wrote: This is standard first month rental is always first month rent and last month, so when you eventually leave you don't pay rent for your last month and then you save up and repeat.
That's not the issue, the issue is he wants the money two months before we get into the place we're renting.
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hagbard wrote: That's not the issue, the issue is he wants the money two months before we get into the place we're renting.
That part is a little out of the ordinary but if it has high demand it might be to secure it over others, I've only ever paid that upon taking possession of the place. Though I haven't rented now in 4 years.
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Kiraly wrote: I don't know what province you're in but that's definitely illegal here in BC.
Ontario. Yeah, used to live in BC, rented many places there never been asked to come up with first and last way in advance.
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hagbard wrote: That's not the issue, the issue is he wants the money two months before we get into the place we're renting.
he probably has multiple offers that would be my guess, if you really like the place then negotiate and offer to pay for the first month to reserve the spot and last will be provided when you receive a key. make sure you get it n writing that you paid.
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hagbard wrote:
That's not the issue, the issue is he wants the money two months before we get into the place we're renting.
Zombly wrote: That part is a little out of the ordinary but if it has high demand it might be to secure it over others, I've only ever paid that upon taking possession of the place. Though I haven't rented now in 4 years.
From the old days, one month was due right away by certified cheque or bank draft on signing lease/ rental agreement and the other month could be post dated to the 1st of the month

There’s nothing more maddening for a landlord that a new tenant who signs a lease, then backs out at the last minute before moving in, cancelling the cheques because they found a better deal. Especially if you turned down other potential renters. There’s also the potential of 1 month rent lost if a tenant suddenly backs out

One caution for the renter of doing both months in advance is to make sure you are dealing with the actual owner or his official representative.

In the GTA, there have been cases where scammer rents via AirBnB for a week. The scammer then advertises the home for rent as if he was the owner. The scammer signs multiple fake rental agreements and gets first and last months rent in cash every time.

At the end of the week, scammer disappears with everyone’s cash and the real owner is left holding the bag with a bunch of very angry renters

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Hey, how do you know if the guy renting the house is the owner? Who do you verify this with?
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