How to Know the Data in your Resident Screening is Legal to Use

With rental housing laws constantly changing this way and that, becoming more complex and restrictive, picking an applicant within those laws gets complicated very quickly.  How is one person meant to keep up with every law shift, with every change differing from county laws to state-wide or Federal? It’s hard! That’s why we’re doing our very best to keep you safe.

Coming soon: CIC’s New Regulatory Matrix

With rental housing laws constantly changing this way and that, becoming more complex and restrictive, picking an applicant within those laws gets complicated very quickly.  How is one person meant to keep up with every law shift, with every change differing from county laws to state-wide or Federal? It’s hard! That’s why we’re doing our very best to keep you safe.

Coming soon: CIC’s New Regulatory Matrix

Legislation is an undertaking to try and keep up with. That is why the team at CIC actively tracks and monitors legislation that could impact the rental housing industry and tenant screening. Legally, residents’ rights are constantly shifting. Cross a single county, city, or state line, and the criminal and eviction data you’re allowed to consider when thinking about approving/denying an applicant can drastically change. If you even see information that is not allowed to be used to make a rental decision, and you choose not to rent to that person, then it could be used against you in court for being a part of the basis in your decision.

CIC already has initiatives that strive to keep you safe from these liabilities, and our new Regulatory Matrix is just our latest enhancement to be even better. Seeing information restricted for use could be a liability so CIC is here to help!

That’s where our new Regulatory Matrix comes in. At no cost to you, CIC will soon be able to automatically hide any and all information that has local, legal data restrictions in your property’s zip code with maximum possible accuracy.

CIC already has initiatives that strive to keep you safe from these liabilities, and our new Regulatory Matrix is just our latest enhancement to be even better. Seeing information restricted for use could be a liability so CIC is here to help!

That’s where our new Regulatory Matrix comes in. At no cost to you, CIC will soon be able to automatically hide any and all information that has local, legal data restrictions in your property’s zip code with maximum possible accuracy.

For example, CIC generally displays seven years of criminal history (excluding sex offenses) when delivering resident screening reports. As previously mentioned, Cook County has a special rule that limits the use of this data. Using any criminal history older than three years in your decision making is now prohibited. Should you see some crime your applicant committed three and a half years ago, and you deny that applicant, you could be in for a court hearing.

For example, CIC generally displays seven years of criminal history (excluding sex offenses) when delivering resident screening reports. As previously mentioned, Cook County has a special rule that limits the use of this data. Using any criminal history older than three years in your decision making is now prohibited. Should you see some crime your applicant committed three and a half years ago, and you deny that applicant, you could be in for a court hearing.

By inputting your rental property’s zip code, CIC will automatically omit information we know to be restricted so it doesn’t appear on your report and add unnecessary liabilities to your business.

This applies to both criminal and eviction public records. CIC’s new Regulatory Matrix is an enhancement to the quality of the reports we provide to keep you safe from liabilities with maximum possible accuracy.

Once available, you will need to include the property’s zip code when inviting applicants to share their reports. No extra settings or fees for you to worry about to take advantage of this fantastic enhancement!

By inputting your rental property’s zip code, CIC will automatically omit information we know to be restricted so it doesn’t appear on your report and add unnecessary liabilities to your business.

This applies to both criminal and eviction public records. CIC’s new Regulatory Matrix is an enhancement to the quality of the reports we provide to keep you safe from liabilities with maximum possible accuracy.

Once available, you will need to include the property’s zip code when inviting applicants to share their reports. No extra settings or fees for you to worry about to take advantage of this fantastic enhancement!

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Cole Seidner is a copywriter here at the CIC Blog. She holds a degree in Writing from Savannah College of Art and Design with a focus in creative nonfiction. Her free time is spent taking pictures of her dogs or reading deep dive analysis on movies that she hasn’t seen.

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