TenantScreeningUSA.com Comments on New California Law on Tenant Blacklists Highlighting Immediate Need to Work with 3rd Party Tenant Screening Co.

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A new California law, signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2016 and set to go into effect on January 1, 2017, provides greater protection for tenants against the use of blacklists as a part of the tenant screening process thereby signaling an immediate and urgent need for landlords and property managers to work with third party tenant screening companies in order to stay fully compliant with law. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com comments: “The new California law clearly signals a new challenge for landlords and property managers regarding the use of public records and the time is now to take action.”

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Once again California is leading the way in protecting tenants from the potentially negative effects of blacklists and clearly highlights the clear and immediate need for landlords to work with third-party tenant screening companies.

Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law protecting renters from the predatory use of blacklists. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com comments: “Once again California is leading the way in protecting tenants from the potentially negative effects of blacklists and clearly highlights the clear and immediate need for landlords to work with third-party tenant screening companies in order to stay current with all laws governing tenant background checks.”

Current law allows tenant screening companies to review the findings of all tenant eviction cases after 60-days, regardless of the outcome other than winning outright.

Almeida comments: “The results of a case are collected and potentially shared by tenant screening companies. After 60 days information becomes available even as most cases take longer than 60 days to be presented before a judge.”

From San Jose’s The Mercury News (Sep. 14, 16):

Tenant-screening companies step in after 60 days to assemble the names of all tenants who haven’t won their cases. The list of names is published, and landlords subscribe to the information. As a result, tenants’ credit can be tarnished for up to seven years, and finding housing often becomes an ordeal.

“Merely the fact that you have been sued, regardless of the outcome, means that you get reported,” ... “And in California’s overheated housing market, if your name appears on one of those lists, you’re not going to get the apartment or rental for which you’ve applied.” (1)

As housing markets heat up across the country evictions have become a means of forcing tenants out of low-rent apartments that could then be increased to a higher value property.

Almeida comments: “The protections tenants will have after AB 1843 goes into effect are significantly improved.”

From dailycal.org (Sep. 18, 16):

The new bill, effective Jan. 1, allows tenants’ names to be released in public court records only if their landlords prevail in an eviction lawsuit within 60 days. Currently, tenants must win within 60 days or the lawsuit records are released to the public and their names are placed on a list, compiled by tenant screening companies, of tenants who have been involved in eviction proceedings… (2)

Almeida concludes by commenting: “Clearly this new law will affect states with large urban centers, such as Illinois and New York, and signals an immediate need for all landlords and property managers to partner with a third-party tenant screening company in order to maintain complete compliance of all law.”

TenantScreeningUSA.com provides full service tenant screening 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 help to landlords and property managers with all tenant screening needs.

Notes:

(1)    mercurynews.com/2016/09/14/new-law-protects-california-tenants-from-blacklists/
(2)    dailycal.org/2016/09/18/gov-jerry-brown-signs-bill-protecting-tenants-placement-rental-blacklists/

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