California’s AB 2559 enables tenants to use a reusable tenant screening report to apply to rental properties who have opted in. Under this law, consumer reports can be reused for multiple applications so long as the report is within 30 days of purchasing.
AB 2559 redefines an existing consumer report ordered on a prospective tenant by the landlord whose property they’re applying to rent as a reusable tenant screening report.
An applicant’s report can be reused for the application process within 30 days of purchasing. While the initial cost of obtaining the report from a consumer reporting agency is at the request and expense of the applicant, the option for reuse comes at no additional cost to the landlord or applicant, and the landlord is prohibited from charging an application fee to access or view the report. The furnished report must comply with all state and federal laws pertaining to the use and disclosure of information used in the tenant screening process and must include all specified information as outlined, including, but not limited to:
The landlord must opt in if they decide to accept a reusable tenant screening report. Opting in is not a requirement for the tenant screening process.
While accepting reusable tenant screening reports is entirely optional, landlords and property managers who opt in will be affected the most by this law with faster report processing times.
Californian renters who wish to reuse their prior tenant screening report will not need to pay for multiple, separate tenant screening fees.
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