Always check the photo ID (preferably Gov’t issued) of a potential tenant before you sign a lease.
Identity theft is at an all time high so you want to be 100% certain that the person living in your property is in fact the person on the lease. If a potential tenant isn’t competent enough to produce a simple photo ID, then how can you trust them to produce rent on a monthly basis?
If there is any question about their identity, you can deny their application based on “lack of sufficient identification”.
Tenants that want to remain nameless, or use aliases, are individuals that are trying to hide from someone or something. Apart from a certified letter from the witness protection program, you should always know who is living in your rental.