Providing proof of background checks to tenants

Providing proof of background checks to tenants

Excerpted from a WJHG.com post by Mike Vasilinda

Landlords in Florida could soon be required to provide residents with proof they have conducted background checks on people working in apartment complexes. Failure to provide notices would give people the right to cancel their lease.

Part-time student Mary Beasley has been renting her apartment for almost a year. At times, she isn’t comfortable with the maintenance staff.

“It scares me. A lot of the times when I come home, I’m getting stares from these men who are working all around. I’ve never even seen them before. I know nothing about them,” said Beasley.

Under proposed legislation known as the Tenant Notification Act, renters like Mary would have to be told, in writing, whether or not the landlord has run background checks on anyone with access to the premises. State Senator Greg Steube is the sponsor.

“If there is people working in these large complexes, and they’re not background checked on whether they are sex offenders or not, and they have access to people’s homes, to me that’s a problem,” Senator Steube said.

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