Prying Eyes: Landlords Check More Than Your Finances

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NORTH TEXAS -- Ever feel like someone's watching you? Well, it looks like that feeling might be on point.

As North Texas experiences a booming housing market, it appears some landlords are keeping a closer eye on potential tenants before they hand over the keys.

We know about background and credit checks, but did you know some renters are digging a little deeper?

"Now what they're doing is going beyond to things like social media, look at Facebook pages or Facebook posts,” said Michael Park of Renter’s Warehouse in Frisco.

So forget social security numbers, some renters are more interested in your social media.

"They want to make sure that they get a tenant who can pay and pay consistently and they want to find a tenant who will treat their property as if it were their own," said Park.

Landlords have good reason to want to protect their property, after all, rent in the city isn't cheap. In Dallas alone, the average cost of a two bedroom is just under $1,600. That's pretty pricey considering the national average is $1,200.

So just remember, your public profile might impact your public housing.

Park has this piece of advice, "If I were to give any advice to anyone is just use your best judgment, if you're not gonna show your mom those pictures, you probably don't want to put them up on social media."

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