“In order to help our clients meet the new guidelines issued by HUD regarding arrest records, Rentec Direct took the steps to filter criminal background checks to exclude arrest records,” explains Nathan Miller, Rentec Direct’s President.
(PRWEB) July 20, 2016
Rentec Direct enhanced the popular online tenant screening service to provide criminal background reports that meet new federal guidelines issued by HUD this year. Rentec Direct offers the nation’s leading online management software for property managers and landlords. Additionally, Rentec Direct clients have access to background tenant screening reports.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued fair housing guidance this year to prohibit the use of arrest records for tenant screening. In order to help housing providers adhere to these new guidelines, tenant screening services needed to update the reports and to eliminate the use of arrest records.
Rentec Direct provides tenant screening reports to landlords and property managers nationwide. A tenant screening report can include a renter’s credit report, criminal record, and eviction history which can be legally reviewed by a landlord with the renter’s permission.
HUD enforces policies outlined in the Fair Housing Act which prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. HUD recently examined how housing providers were using criminal history for rental applicants and were found to unfairly screen certain types of criminals or types of crimes and even deny housing to applicants based on arrest records but not convictions. In order to prevent this type of discriminatory effect and disparate treatment that leads to adverse housing action, HUD created these new policies.
“In order to help our clients meet the new guidelines issued by HUD regarding arrest records, Rentec Direct took the steps to filter criminal background checks to exclude arrest records,” explains Nathan Miller, Rentec Direct’s President. “Tenant screening is one of the most important steps of property management and providing accurate and compliant reports help us better serve the industry overall.”
To learn more about Rentec Direct and order tenant screening reports that meet new Fair Housing guidelines, visit http://www.rentecdirect.com.
About Rentec Direct
Rentec Direct provides affordable property management software solutions to property managers and landlords. Other popular solutions offered by Rentec Direct include tenant ACH payment processing, tenant credit check services, and online syndication of vacancies to more than 20 popular websites.