Tenants who have been sued in Housing Court can be added to a “blacklist,” which the court sells to tenant screening companies. The blacklist is then used by landlords and management companies to screen tenants. Companies pay the court a $20,000 fee and $350 weekly to get daily updates. Landlords and brokers argue that the list helps them avoid renting to deadbeats. Since 2012, Housing Court has stopped selling names to screening companies but they continue to sell index numbers for court cases. However, it is still possible to match index numbers to the tenants’ names.