For applying to rent their properties, some landlords require us to fill out a detailed application. In the application, they ask for critical information such as:
1. Social Security Number
2. Birth date
4. Bank account numbers
5. Previous addresses
My questions are:
1. How do we know that the landlord is really what he claims to be? Maybe he is only collecting this information to sign up for credit cards in my name?
2. If I do disclose this information to the landlord, is there an authority I should make aware that I have given this information to such-and-such person?
3. What information by law, is a landlord really allowed to collect?
4. What does the landlord do with my information? What if he passes it on to a dishonest agency that claims to run credit checks but stores information on unsecure servers?