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St. Paul City Council Moves Ahead with Tenant Screening Ordinance

The St. Paul City Council held a public hearing to discuss an ordinance that would change how landlords use criminal histories, past evictions or credit scores when considering new tenants. The proposed ordinance is said to be another step forward for the city’s efforts to build equity while also curbing longtime barriers that make it […]

How Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

More and more landlords – an estimated nine out of 10 – are relying on the tenant screening industry to produce accurate reports for potential tenants, but that’s not always the case. Automated background checks can be created within a few seconds, using searches based on partial names or incomplete dates of birth, and typically […]

Navigating the Fair Housing Act and Iowa Landlord-Tenant Law During COVID-19

Those who are in the business of renting or selling residential properties are in the unchartered territory due to COVID-19 and have plenty of questions regarding privacy concerns for tenants/applicants, duty to protect its employees and tenants, and Fair Housing laws. Some wonder whether the Fair Housing Act (FHA) or Iowa law cover individuals who […]

This New Castle County-Born Service Aims to Simplify Digital Tenant Screening

A new national platform has been designed to allow landlords to run tenant screenings through a website designed by Jane Perillo and Laura Stayton, founders of Newark’s Delaware Realty Management, and Jane Clark, creative director and owner of Teakettica. Prospective tenants pay a fee and create a report that includes credit check, pay stubs, identification, […]

Berkeley May Remove Criminal Checks in Housing Applications, Angering Landlords

Berkeley, California, is introducing legislation that would eliminate housing barriers for people like Lee “Taqwaa” Bonner, who, after being paroled three years ago following a 35-year prison sentence, has faced difficulties in securing housing. Bonner, who first tried moving in with his sister and then his mother, was up against bans that prevented people with […]

Airbnb Properties Have Seen Their Share of Crimes and Other Troubles

According to Airbnb spokesman Ben Breit, a number of safety tools exist to keep guests and hosts safe, including the option for hosts to require guests to provide a government ID before booking a listing, a risk-scoring system, and background checks. Even so, Santa Fe-based travel-advice site Asher & Lyric conducted a survey in 2017 […]

Seattle Landlords Fight for Right to Refuse Criminals Tenancy

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is representing landlords who are fighting a local housing ordinance that forces them to accept potentially violent criminals, including sex offenders, as residential tenants. The Fair Chance Housing Ordinance of 2017 prevents landlords from considering applicants’ criminal histories, declaring that it is an unfair practice for landlords and tenant screening services […]

Minneapolis City Council Passes Limits on Tenant Screening by Landlords

A new ordinance will make it difficult for Minneapolis landlords to reject tenants because of their criminal history, past evictions or credit scores. Passed unanimously by City Council, a number of other cities also have adopted tenant screening protections, such as Seattle, Portland, and Washington, D.C. Some tenants, however, feel that taking away their decision […]

The District of Massachusetts Declines to Strike FCRA Class Claims in McIntyre v. RentGrow, Inc.

The District of Massachusetts denied a defendant’s motion to dismiss or to strike class claims in a putative Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) action in McIntyre v. RentGrow, Inc., No. 18-cv-12141-ADB. The complainant in the case alleged that the defendant’s purchase of eviction information that was not updated, with knowledge of the errors, resulted in […]

Oakland, California, Bans Criminal Background Checks on Renters

Oakland’s City Council has passed a new ordinance that aims to prohibit public and private landlords from inquiring about potential tenants’ criminal histories. Proponents of the Oakland Fair Chance Housing Ordinance hope it will act as a new catalyst in the battle to secure equal opportunities for the more than 70 million Americans burdened by […]


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