Posted by Lurker-Owner on February 06, 2002 at 15:02:51:
In Reply to: Landlord Asking for Social Security Number posted by consigliere on February 06, 2002 at 08:57:22:
: Below is a link to an article from Bankrate.com, Guard your Social Security number, which should be relevant to this issue.
I think the original question was something like "my new landlord sent W-9's to all tenants requesting our social security numbers. Can he do this?"
From the first paragraph of the second section of the article you referenced:
"Also, SSNs are required for transactions involving taxes, so that means banks, brokerages, employers, and the like also have a legitimate need for your SSN."
When I ask a tenant for a Social Security Number, I send the tenant a form W-9 provided to me by my bank. It is fine with me if the tenant sends the W-9 directly to the bank.
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