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Why We Do Background Checks

Welcoming a stranger into your home can be a daunting prospect. The myriad concerns, ranging from finding the perfect match to establishing trust, can be overwhelming. Questions about the authenticity of their identity, their personal history, and the possibility of harboring ulterior motives may linger in your mind.

These are valid concerns which most people have when they consider home sharing. At Happipad, we recognize the significance of selecting a compatible housing companion who instills a sense of security in your living space. Taking the crucial step of delving into their background can provide you with the peace of mind you need. Fortunately, we’ve streamlined this process for you through our comprehensive international background screening. This cutting-edge system is seamlessly integrated into every Happipad account, conducting searches across over 200,000 database records spanning 240 countries.

In this article we will dive into the background screening process and give you some tips to ease your mind when home sharing.

What is background screening?

Background screening is a process of investigating and verifying an individual’s background, typically conducted by an organizations to assess the suitability of a candidate for a job, rental agreement, or other purposes. It involves checking various aspects such as criminal records, employment history, educational qualifications, fraud activities, and references to ensure that the individual meets the required standards and does not pose any risk to the organization or community.

Happipad has teamed with Certn, a leading provider of background screening solutions, to offer comprehensive background checks that include various components such as identity verification, criminal record checks, fraud activities and more. These checks help ensure the safety and integrity of the Happipad platform by providing valuable information about potential hosts and renters.

As a platform committed to fostering secure and harmonious living arrangements, Happipad prioritizes the thorough vetting of both hosts and renters. Background screening conducted through Certn ensures that all users undergo comprehensive verification processes before accessing our services. Let’s explore the the benefits of background screening and why it’s an essential component of the Happipad experience.

What's included in background screening?

International background check

Background screening serves as a vital tool for establishing trust and confidence among our community members of hosts and renters. By verifying the identities, employment histories, criminal activities and incidents of frauds of both hosts and renters, we instill a sense of trustworthiness that forms the foundation of successful home sharing arrangements.

Identity verification

At Happipad, safety is non-negotiable. By conducting thorough background checks, we mitigate potential risks and prioritize the safety of all users. From identification of potential illegal behavior or criminal activity for host to verifying renters’ identities, our screening process creates a secure environment where everyone feels protected and at ease.

Additional checks

Background screening allows us to identify and address potential risk factors before they escalate into issues. Whether it’s uncovering past criminal or fraud activities or searches of country sanction lists and terrorist registries, our screening process minimizes the likelihood of undesirable outcomes and promotes proactive risk management.

Enhanced Police Check

For home sharing matches involving vulnerable adults, Happipad offers an additional screening step to search for current and pending charges in the Canadian Police Records Database to give a vulnerable sector clearance. 

How does the process work?

Completing a background screening is quick and convenient, whether you’re a host or a renter. You can initiate the process when creating your profile or at any later time. Simply log in to your profile and follow the steps. Hosts and renters alike can easily complete their background checks with just a few clicks, using a laptop, tablet, or mobile device from the comfort of their homes. With over 80% of CERTN users completing their checks via smartphone, the process takes only a few minutes, a significant improvement over the hours required by traditional paper-based methods.

Undergoing a background screening is as simple as 1, 2, selfie. The screening process begins with identity verification, ensuring that checks are conducted on the correct individual and minimizing errors that could lead to delays.

The time it takes to complete a Certn background check varies depending on the region and the type of check needed. However, in most cases, candidates can finish the process in just minutes instead of days. Additionally, the results are returned much faster, providing users with timely and efficient screening outcomes.

How it works

  1. Instant verification of the user’s government-issued ID
  2. Auto-population of user’s data into the required fields
  3. User takes a selfie

Safeguarding Community Reputation

The reputation of our community is invaluable, and background screening plays a crucial role in safeguarding it. By upholding stringent screening standards, Happipad protects the integrity of our platform and preserves the trust and confidence of our users. This commitment to excellence sets us apart as a leader in the home sharing industry.

Ensuring Regulatory Compliance

In an increasingly regulated environment, background screening is essential for ensuring compliance with legal requirements and industry standards. By partnering with CERTN, a trusted provider of background screening services, Happipad demonstrates its commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.


At Happipad, we believe that trust and safety are non-negotiable principles that underpin everything we do. Through our rigorous background screening process with CERTN, we prioritize the well-being and security of our community members, ensuring that every home sharing experience is built on a foundation of trust, transparency, and accountability. Join us in creating a safer and more secure world of home sharing today.

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