TENANT SCREENING ARTICLE INDEX FOR 2021 FROM THE BACKGROUND BUZZ
February | Michigan: An ordinance has been introduced that would give people who have served their time a fair chance at safe housing.
March | National: The process of screening candidates for leasing an apartment is regulated by state, local and federal laws.
March | National: Thousands of people are said to be mistakenly flagged by tenant screening software and many companies are withdrawing from the business due to FCRA lawsuits.
March | Illinois: The COVID-19 Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Act addressees the unprecedented economic instability for renters, homeowners, and landlords.
June | Minnesota: Council members are planning to craft a scaled-back version of the tenant protection ordinance that limits a landlord’s ability to screen tenants.
June | New Jersey: A new bill bans landlords from asking about criminal convictions on housing applications.
June | New York: The Tenant Data Privacy Act (TDPA) will regulate the collection, use, safeguarding, and retention of tenant data by owners of “smart access” residential buildings.
June | Philadelphia: The city of Philadelphia will prohibit landlords from adopting policies that deny potential tenants solely because of low credit scores and past evictions or eviction filings.
June | Philadelphia: The Renters’ Access Act aims to prohibit landlords from denying housing based solely on eviction records and require them to provide details to denied tenants.
July | National: A FCRA Tenant Screening Enforcement Compliance Bulletin outlines the CFPB’s enforcement focus as the country transitions to a post-pandemic rental market.
July | The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFCB) is reminding CRAs of the importance of accurately reporting information regarding consumer rentals and evictions.
July| Washington: A federal judge has upheld Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Law to bar landlords from denying housing to applicants or taking actions against tenants because of a criminal history.
August | New York: Revisions to the New York City Fair Chance Act will impose new requirements on employers who evaluate criminal history information when making employment decisions.
August | Rhode Island: A sweeping pay equity statute seeks to “combat wage discrimination” by “strengthening and closing gaps in existing wage discrimination laws.”
November | Michigan: A bill that would protect hiring, housing placements and public safety is making its way through the Michigan legislature.
December | Pennsylvania: The proposed Fair Records for Renters legislation would permanently seal eviction records and only allow them to become public if the eviction case is won by the landlord.
December | California: MyLife.com has been accused of violating the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Telemarketing Sales Rule and the Restore Online Shoppers Confidence Act.
December | National: The CDIA and PBSA have submitted an amicus brief in support of landlords’ First Amendment right to conduct criminal record background checks.