While renting out their property, landlords/licensors are required by law to get police verification of their tenants/licensees done. This is not optional.
This process is done mainly for security reasons, so as to verify your background and check the details of past residence/family/criminal record (if any) etc.
If they do not comply with this process while making the rent/lease agreement, the owner can be punished jail time and/or fine. However, no action will be taken against the tenant.
There are two ways, you can get the police verification done. You can either approach the nearest police station and acquire a tenant verification form from them or hire a professional to do it for you for a fee. Some brokers also provide this service.
For police verification the following documents will be taken from the prospective tenants/licensees:
- Duly filled police verification form
- Identification Proof – Aadhar Card, Ration Card, Driving License or Passport
- Two Passport size photograph
The police verification form can be obtained either directly from the police station, the broker or even online.
As soon as the owner receives these documents, they must sign the form and submit it along with the documents provided by the tenant and a copy of the lease/leave license to the police.
The police will then verify your background based on the form submitted by the landlord/licensor. At this stage, an acknowledgment receipt will be issued to the landlord/licensor. This process can be done online for some states.
After the process is completed, the police will then hand over a signed and attested copy of the form notifying the landlord of the result of the background check or criminal records, if any.