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Third Circuit Decision Provides Post-Transunion Guidance on Informational Injuries and Ascertainability

The Third Circuit recently held that a small subclass of consumers could proceed with their class action against RealPage based on the company’s failure to provide them with required third-party information in credit reports. The court is one of the first Circuit Courts to squarely address the scope of what constitutes an “informational injury.”

 

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Property Management Agency Agrees to Almost $10 Million Settlement Over Inaccurate Tenant Background Checks

A property management company has reached a $9.73 million agreement, settling the claims that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by inaccurately reporting tenant background checks. Specifically, the class action alleged that the company used criteria in sex offender registry data, resulting in reports of inaccurate data for tenant screening. The lawsuit further […]


Governor Signs Reusable Tenant Screening Bill

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that standardizes reusable tenant screening reports and creates a path to lowering rental application costs. Assembly Bill 2559 will allow renters to buy their own reusable credit reports and submit them to multiple landlords rather than paying over and over for a background check when leasing a […]


Miya’s Law: Florida Landlords Must Conduct Specific Background Checks for Their Apartment Employees

Under Florida’s new Miya’s Law, Fla. Stat. 83.515, landlords of nontransient and transient apartment buildings are required to perform background screenings on employees as a condition of employment. Effective July 1, 2022, the background screening must be performed in accordance with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and must include a search of all […]


California Senate Approves Bill Allowing Reusable Reports for Rental Applicants

The California Senate has voted to support a bill allowing renters to purchase their own reusable credit reports and submit them to multiple landlords rather than paying over and over for a credit check when applying to lease an apartment or home. The bill was amended, however, to make it optional for landlords to accept […]


NYC Real Estate Company Blacklisted Tenants, AG Says Amid Crackdown

Clipper Equity, LLC, has been found to have illegally kept prospective tenants with past housing court records from renting at their properties. New York Attorney General Letitia James said the recent settlement serves as a reminder that “blacklisting prospective tenants because of their housing court history is an unfair and illegal practice, and it will […]


Attorney General James Cracks Down on Tenant Blacklisting

New York Attorney General Letitia James took action against, and secured a settlement with, Clipper Equity, LLC, as part of her efforts to protect New York tenants by cracking down on “tenant blacklisting.” The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has also launched an online complaint form for New Yorkers to report instances in which […]


As Rent and Demand for Apartments Rise, So Does Fraud

The 2022 Snappt State of Apartment Tenant Screening Survey has revealed that 85 percent of property managers nationwide say they have been targeted by fraudsters, up from 66 percent before the pandemic. At least 12.5 percent of applications included some sort of altered documentation. According to a separate report, “Targeting the High Costs of Apartment […]


First Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Tenant Screening Company in Class Action

The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court, entering summary judgment in favor of the defendant in McIntyre v. RentGrow, Inc. The court found that the plaintiff had not adduced sufficient evidence of actual damages and that, although a jury could arguably find that RentGrow failed to follow reasonable procedures to ensure maximum […]


Miya’s Law Moves to the Governor’s Desk

“Miya’s Law” has passed in both chambers and has moved to the Governor’s desk where it awaits signature into law. The bill would improve tenant safety in apartment buildings through required enhanced background screenings of employees and reinforces requirements regarding access to individual units, requiring notice of 24 hours and apartments to establish policies for […]




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