TenantScreeningUSA.com Comments on Eviction Crisis in United States and Importance of Third Party Tenant Screening

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As presented in a recent book by Matthew Desmond, a sociologist at Harvard, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” eviction has become pandemic across the country for those living in near or total poverty. (1) Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com comments: “As evictions continue to increase across the country, specifically amongst those living at or below the poverty line, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will greatly increase its focus and pursue greater legislation over the fair and lawful use of evictions, which will significantly impact the activities of landlords and, subsequently, the legal use of eviction reports.”

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As evictions continue to increase across the country, specifically amongst those living at or below the poverty line, HUD will greatly increase its focus and pursue greater legislation over the fair and lawful use of evictions.

Matthew Desmond’s book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” examines the use of evictions as a tool utilized by landlords to control tenants behavior and extract significant income from people living at or below the poverty level. (2) Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com, in commenting on this phenomenon, states: “As evictions increase across the country, specifically amongst low-income families, HUD will certainly take a greater interest in their use and, just as the EEOC did with Criminal History Records use, pursue greater regulatory and legal control. Now, more than ever, landlords and property managers will be best served by working directly with third-party tenant screening companies in order to stay in compliance with any current AND potential governance over the use of evictions records.”

Evictions have become commonplace amongst those living at or near the poverty level. With the constant threat of eviction tenants residing in lower-end apartments live with the threat of losing housing and being forced into finding new living arrangements or, potentially, homelessness.

A recent opinion article from the New York Times discussing the evictions crisis (Mar. 05, 16) states:

“When tenants are behind, protections designed to keep housing safe and decent dissolve. Tenants in arrears tempt eviction if they report housing problems. It’s not that low-income renters don’t know their rights. They know that exercising those rights could cost them. So many go on paying most of what they have to live with lead paint, exposed wires and broken plumbing. Saving and stability become wishes, and some days children go hungry because the rent eats first.” (3)

Almeida states: “HUD has increasingly taken on issues related to Fair Housing and just as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has increased their use of legal action through the courts governing the fair and legal use of criminal records in pre-employment background screening, HUD will certainly pursue increased legislation and/or legal action regarding the use of eviction actions initiated upon various protected classes. Subsequently the time is now for all landlords and property managers to work with third-party tenant screening companies in order to stay ahead of potential regulatory changes regarding the legal and lawful use of eviction documents.”

TenantScreeningUSA.com provides full service tenant background checks for landlords and property managers of any size and can greatly assist in remaining fully compliant with all existing law governing tenant screening. With a highly trained and experienced staff, TenantScreeningUSA.com can provide assistance to landlords and property managers with all tenant screening needs.

Notes:

(1)    theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/03/eviction-matthew-desmond-housing/471375/
(2)    theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/03/eviction-matthew-desmond-housing/471375/
(3)    nytimes.com/2016/03/06/opinion/sunday/the-eviction-economy.html?_r=0

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