FTC and CFPB seek public comment on background screening and renters’ housing

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are requesting comment on background screening issues affecting individuals who seek rental housing in the U.S., including how the use of criminal and eviction records and algorithms affect tenant screening decisions and may drive discriminatory outcomes. Today, renters are facing a range of challenges […]

Criminal history may soon be actual history

Excerpted from a Riverdale Press story by Joseph De La Cruz Background checks can make or break someone. Especially if that someone has a criminal history. Such checks may already cost people jobs and maybe even loans. But a new piece of legislation in front of the Riverdale City Council in New York could take […]

Lack of housing background checks leads to alleged rapist living on campus

Excerpted from a University Press story by Kendall Little Eight months before becoming a Florida Atlantic University (FAU) student, Riley Hayes allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl when she was physically unable to resist, according to the state of New Hampshire. Hayes was 17 at the time. Court records identified his alleged […]

Understanding the Tenant Background Check: A Guide for Landlords

Excerpted from Millionacres by Tara Mastroeni As a landlord, it’s absolutely crucial to conduct a tenant background check before you sign any leases or allow anyone to live in your rental property. If you’re newer to real estate investing and aren’t sure what a tenant background check entails, this guide will cover everything you need […]