Tenant Screening Advice

New California Senate Bill Fights Back Unnecessary Criminal Record Restrictions

Last year, a California court case sought to redact date of birth information from court records and succeeded. The ruling added unnecessary barriers to the criminal background check process, added another burden to consumer reporting agencies and data providers, and jeopardized the objective information housing providers and employers rely on. A new Senate bill has

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The Sex Offender Registry and You: What You Should Know Before You Screen

The United States is moving closer towards a renter-friendly nation with renter-friendly laws. As renters cheer every time tenant screening laws shift in their favor, credit reporting agencies and rental property investors across the nation have to adjust to the turning, pro-renter tide. Despite that, screening is a necessity and there is always one argument

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The Perils and Pitfalls of Tenant Screening Through Social Media

The internet loves to cancel people. It’s incredibly easy to look up a person’s entire history on their Twitter, find something controversial they posted in 2012, write #Cancelled and suddenly they’re the most hated person around. The debate about if “cancel culture” is ethical is muddy with public-facing figures, but what about the average joe?

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We’re Ranking the Spiciest Rental Housing Laws of 2021

It’s time for a bit of a round up! 2021 feels both like it barely started and that it has been going on forever. How’s that work? With 2020 and 2021 bleeding together in our heads like a great hodgepodge of a mess of a year, there are more than a few people excited to

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The Tricky Situation that’s About to Envelope Consumer Reporting Agencies By Storm

Consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) have always had a complex role in helping tenants find housing and landlords provide a safe and secure environment for their residents but that complexity is about to take a new height. Renter rights have been pushing forward for a long time and subsequently made providing quality resident screening reports even

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After Michigan, California Joins in the New Wave of Banning Date of Birth in Rental Property History Screening

Back in August, Michigan revealed the latest news that shook the rental housing industry’s bones. The date of birth is one of the most important pieces of identifying information, and anyone who has ever had to pick up a prescription or verify who they are over a phone call can know how important it is.

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Sound the Alarm! Michigan & California Create New Court Record Rules

Second to your name, your date of birth is one of the most important pieces of identifying information… and the state of Michigan (among many counties in California) wants to remove it from all of their public records. These new court record rules, which hide the date of birth from public criminal databases, diminishes the

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National Apt Assoc to Sue CDC over Harmful Eviction Moratorium

The National Apartment Association has announced that it will be filing a lawsuit for compensation against the federal government. In a recently released email, NAA stated its lawsuit is for business losses suffered under the year and a half long eviction moratorium put up by the CDC. Below you will find the full email for

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What New Bills Should You Be on the Look Out For

We all know that times, they are a’changing. Despite the ever-present gridlock in our legal system, somehow when it comes to the rental housing industry and renter protection laws, things move fast. What’s allowed in one place is banned two doors down and congress can create new bills relatively fast that makes your once perfectly

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CFPB Rule Holds Debt Collectors Accountable Regarding Illegal Evictions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has officially backed up the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) eviction moratorium. The CDC’s moratorium was recently extended through June 30th, making the entire thing last over a year long. With over nine million families having overdue rent, some rental property owners have been struggling to find ways to

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