TENANT SCREENING ARTICLE INDEX FOR 2022 FROM THE BACKGROUND BUZZ
March | Washington, D.C.: The D.C. Council has approved legislation that ensures permanent due process protections for District renters.
March | Connecticut: A tenant screening company is being sued for discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.
March | Florida: “Miya’s Law,” which aims to improve tenant safety in apartment buildings, awaits the governor’s signature.
May | Massachusetts: Buildium, LLC, and Tenant Turner, Inc., have been ordered to pay a total of $100,000 to the Commonwealth and must adopt new fair housing compliant policies.
May | California: Lawmakers are seeking to ban landlords from screening tenants for credit scores, eviction records, applications for rent relief and failure to pay during the pandemic.
May | National: Office building landlords are seeking ways to fill empty space as employees work from home, but it doesn’t come without risks.
May | National: Background checks continue to be a deterrent for those with criminal records who are seeking housing.
May | National: A partnership with letus and Trust Stamp will provide protection through biometric identity keys so renters and landlords can prevent synthetic identity fraud.
May | Massachusetts: Two software companies have been accused of selling tenant-screening software for landlords that discriminated against certain prospective clients.
May | Massachusetts: A tenant screening company has been accused of racial discrimination in violation of the FHA.
June | Massachusetts: A decision has been made in McIntyre v. RentGrow, Inc., in favor of the defendant.
August | National: A recent survey has revealed that 85 percent of property managers nationwide say they have been targeted by fraudsters.
August | New York: New York’s Attorney General is taking action to protect New York tenants by cracking down on “tenant blacklisting.”
August | New York: Clipper Equity, LLC, has been found to have illegally kept prospective tenants with past housing court records from renting at their properties.
August | California: A bill has been voted on that will allow renters to purchase their own reusable credit reports and submit them to multiple landlords.
August | Florida: Under a new law, landlords of non-transient and transient apartment buildings are required to perform background screenings on employees.
September | California: A new bill has been signed into law that standardizes reusable tenant screening reports, creating a path to lowering rental application costs.
September | Virginia: A property management company has reached a $9.73 million agreement, settling the claims that it violated the FCRA when reporting tenant background checks.
September | Pennsylvania: A small subclass of consumers can proceed on their class action against RealPage based on the company’s failure to provide them with third-party information in credit reports.
October | Canada: Rent Panda has launched a tenant screening product for the home and rental market that makes it more efficient to screen potential tenants.
October | National: Snappt has released the “Treacherous Twenty,” a list of the top 20 cities for application fraud.
October | National: Rent Panda uses VeriFast’s credit and digital ID checks to provide instant credit and background reports, income and expenses reports and ID verification.
November | National: JP Morgan’s new platform, “Story,” is aimed at modernizing rent payments.