We were looking to move into a rental home because our lease term ends at the end of the month. We were surprised to see the landlord wanted very detailed personal information including:
1. Credit card account numbers and balances
2. Bank account numbers, bank's phone number, and balances
3. Other outstanding loan info (car, student, etc), lender names, balances, and account numbers
I understand the need to ask for the prospective renter's SSN, Driver's License Number, and some basic info on their debts and assets (amount owed each month, account balances, etc.).
We did not choose to rent with this landlord because we were uncomfortable providing that amount of personal information to someone, especially with the increasingly high rate of identity theft and fraud. Is it a common practice to require all of this information for renting an apartment / home? We didn't have to give anywhere near that level of information when we leased our current apartment.