How to Rent Under an EIN Number

by Stephanie Ellen; Updated September 26, 2017

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a nine-digit tax identification number issued by the Internal Revenue Service to businesses and organizations. If you have an EIN, you can use it as part of your identification and background information when you rent a building or office space for your business. An EIN works for renting business accommodations in much the same way that a Social Security Number (SSN) works for an individual renting an apartment. When you provide your EIN, your landlord may run a check against your business' credit history before deciding to rent to you.

Step 1

Search for your business space. Ask the landlord if it accepts an EIN for the application, explaining that the space will be used for business purposes. This is especially important if you are renting space in a residential area -- letting your landlord know that you'll be using the space for business helps you ensure that the space is zoned correctly to legally run a business.

Step 2

Fill out the application, writing your EIN instead of your SSN. If your business credit history is poor or non-existent, your landlord may also require a personal guarantee, in which case you will have to supply your SSN as well.

Step 3

Give the application to your landlord and wait for the application to be approved. Typically, you should hear back within a few days.

Tips

  • Ask your landlord to report your timely payments to a credit reporting agency to bolster your business credit.

Warnings

  • EINs are intended only for business use. Don't attempt to use an EIN for personal reasons, such as renting a home. You could be opening yourself up to criminal charges. Making misrepresentations on a credit application is a federal crime.

About the Author

Stephanie Ellen teaches mathematics and statistics at the university and college level. She coauthored a statistics textbook published by Houghton-Mifflin. She has been writing professionally since 2008. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in health science from State University New York, a master's degree in math education from Jacksonville University and a Master of Arts in creative writing from National University.