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Legislating Against Blacklisting to Help Tenants Find Better Housing

Landlords deny they engage in blacklisting, but the practice has been under scrutiny in New Jersey. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced federal legislation that would reform the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to make tenant-rating agencies more accountable and give tenants additional protections. Just one of several measures being pursued, Booker’s legislation would prohibit consumer-reporting […]


Seattle City Council Could Make it Easier for Those with Criminal Records to Find Housing

The Seattle City Council will consider an expansion of the Fair Chance Housing ordinance, which would include housing options for those with criminal records – a barrier that impacts many people of color. The legislation, which exempts small landlords, would limit the role of criminal records in the tenant screening process, including arrests that didn’t […]


Washington’s New Tenant Screening Law is Now in Effect

Washington properly owners and properly management companies who rely on tenant screenings to vet their rental applicants now need to be in compliance with SB 6413. The new bill makes it the property owner’s responsibility to provide notice before performing tenant screening, but the application of this bill has been up for debate. In addition […]


Seattle Bans Landlords from Running Criminal Background Checks

Passed in Seattle in early August, the Fair Chance Housing ordinance will prohibit landlords from excluding prospective tenants because of their criminal history. The belief, according to the bill’s sponsor, is that if a criminal has done his time, he has paid his debt to society. Sean Martin, external affairs director of the Rental Housing […]


Background Check Could Have Stopped Schaumburg Murder: Suit

The family of a woman who was found raped and murdered in her Cook County, Chicago, apartment has filed a civil lawsuit against the murderer’s employer. Suspect Mejia Maya was working for a Florida-based drywall company and was a neighbor of Misty King. According to the family’s attorney, had a background check been completed, Maya […]


Final FEHC Criminal History Regulations Approved, Move One Step Closer to Implementation

In January, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) approved regulations related to employer use of criminal history information. The regulations will likely go into effect in July and add significant new language prohibiting employers from using criminal history information that has an “adverse impact” on employees based on protected categories. The regulations, which […]


USAFact Awarded for the Third Consecutive Year by Inc. Magazine

For the third consecutive year, USAFact has been recognized by The Inc. magazine as one of fastest growing private companies in America. Originally a small Private Investigation company, USAFact has more than 38 years of experience in background screening and pre-employment business services. USAFact has the ability to service thousands of clients through its online […]


New Technology Allows Landlords to Perform Background Checks Instantly

Thanks to technology created by theRRD, homeowners or renters with an extra room to rent can run comprehensive tenant screening reports on possible tenants on the Roomdock website. The screening reports include a summary credit check, national criminal background check, and a national search for evictions, liens and judgments. All reporting offered through theRRD is […]


Black Women with Criminal Records Face Pervasive Housing Discrimination in D.C.

The Equal Rights Center recently conducted a survey to determine the effects of race on housing discrimination. The non-profit organization tested 45 individuals in Washington, D.C., and 15 in Northern Virginia, with a focus on women, since the group has seen an increase in female incarceration rates. Testing included pairs of women – one white […]


What Tenant Background Screening Companies Need to Know About the Fair Credit Reporting Act

By definition, background screening reports are consumer reports under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when they serve as a factor in determining a person’s eligibility for housing, employment, credit, insurance, or other purposes. Information often includes credit worthiness, standing and capacity; as well as character, reputation, personal characteristics and mode of living. Background screening […]




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