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Should Landlords Report Rent Payments to Credit Bureaus?

Should landlords report rent payments to credit bureaus? In this post, I’ll discuss the pros and cons for landlords and tenants. This topic is often misunderstood, with many believing landlords are against the idea to keep tenants from building good credit.

In reality, landlords might benefit from this more than tenants, while the implications for tenants can be complex and sometimes detrimental. Let’s dive in.

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The Current State of Rent Reporting

Rent payments are not typically reported to credit bureaus. Some property management companies and national property management software providers do report rent, but it’s not widespread. As a landlord, I have reviewed many tenant credit reports and rarely, if ever, see late rent payments reported. Instead, credit issues related to rent usually show up as judgments or evictions, which are public records.

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The Pros and Cons for Landlords


  1. Better Tenant Screening: Reporting rent payments could help landlords identify reliable tenants who pay on time, thus reducing the risk of late payments and potential evictions.
  2. Incentivizes Timely Payments: Knowing that late or missed rent payments will affect their credit scores, tenants might be more motivated to pay on time.
  3. Improved Tenant Credit: For tenants who consistently pay on time, rent reporting can help build their credit history, potentially aiding them in future financial endeavors such as buying a home.


  1. Cost: Some rent reporting services charge fees to landlords, which can add up over time.
  2. Administrative Burden: Setting up and managing rent reporting requires additional time and effort from landlords.
  3. Tenant Pushback: Tenants who are concerned about the impact of potential late payments on their credit might resist renting properties where rent is reported.

The Pros and Cons for Tenants


  1. Credit Building: Regular, on-time rent payments can help tenants build or improve their credit scores, making it easier to secure loans or credit in the future.
  2. Financial Accountability: Knowing their rent payments are being reported might encourage tenants to budget more effectively and prioritize timely payments.


  1. Risk of Negative Impact: Late or missed rent payments could significantly damage a tenant’s credit score, making it harder to secure future housing or loans.
  2. Increased Scrutiny: Tenants with less-than-perfect payment histories might struggle to find landlords willing to rent to them if rent reporting becomes widespread.

Before landlords start reporting rent payments, they must consider the legal implications and ensure they comply with local laws. Some states have stringent tenant protection laws that could impact the ability to report rent payments. For example, in Colorado, landlords cannot check credit reports if the tenant’s rent is entirely paid by public assistance. Always consult with a legal professional to navigate these complexities.

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How to Report Rent Payments

Several services facilitate rent reporting for both landlords and tenants. These include:

  1. Experian Boost: Tenants can add their rent payments, as well as utility, cell phone, and streaming service payments, to their credit reports through Experian Boost.
  2. RentTrack: This service reports to Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax, and can include past rental payments for an additional fee.
  3. ClearNow: Tenants pay rent through a portal, which then reports the payments to Experian.

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Reporting rent payments to credit bureaus has potential benefits for both landlords and tenants. But it also carries significant risks. It is crucial to weigh these pros and cons carefully and consider the specific legal context in your state. For landlords, this could mean better tenant screening and incentivizing timely payments, but it also comes with costs and administrative challenges. For tenants, it could help build credit but also pose risks if payments are late.

As an experienced real estate investor and landlord, I see the value in rent reporting but also understand the potential downsides. It’s a complex issue that requires careful consideration and legal guidance.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Should rent payments be automatically reported to credit bureaus? Should it be a choice left to landlords and tenants? Let me know in the comments below!

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