New laws such as AB 1482 really should alert landlords and property managers to work with a tenant screening agency to ensure their practices and policies are compliant with new and existing law.
WALTHAM, Mass. (PRWEB) January 15, 2020
On January 1, 2020 Assembly Bill 1482 will take effect in California and immediately highlights how laws governing tenant screening can greatly create, or further create a complex working environment for landlords and property managers. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com, opines: “New laws, especially those at the beginning of the year, highlight the need and urgency landlords should place on working with a well-qualified third-party tenant-screening agency in order to remain fully compliant with existing and new laws governing the use of public records and related documents in tenant screening.”
Every year on New Year’s Day thousands of laws take affect across the country. Some are local, some are national and some are statewide. In California Assembly Bill 1482 took affect and will immediately impact the tenant screening market and how landlords and property managers can raise rent and evict and, subsequently may impact how eviction records are utilized as part of rental applicant’s background checks.
From PaloAltoonlLine.com (Jan. 01 20):
As of Wednesday, Jan. 1, new laws limiting the ability of landlords to increase rent or evict certain tenants go into effect, as well as laws forbidding landlords to discriminate against renters using public housing vouchers. Assembly Bill 1482, signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in October along with 24 other housing bills, imposes a statewide rent cap on apartments that are at least 15 years old. Rent increases are capped at 5% plus inflation, a provision set to sunset in 2030. (1)
Almeida adds: “AB 1482 could have an affect across the country. What happens in California in housing generally spreads to other parts of the country, such as Washington or Minnesota. And, more importantly, new laws such as AB 1482 really should alert landlords and property managers to work with a tenant screening agency to ensure their practices and policies are compliant with new and existing law.”
From the webpage of the Sacramento Bee (Dec 18 19):
AB 1482 also restricts landlords’ ability to evict long-time tenants.
Under the new law, tenants who have occupied their rental unit for at least 12 months must be compensated with relocation payments or waivers equal to a month’s rent if they are evicted without just cause, such as so the landlord can remodel the unit, take it off the market or move into it. (2)
Almeida concludes: “Ultimately a best practice remains to work with well qualified third-party tenant screening agency in order to keep up with new laws, as well as existing. When a new law such as AB 1482 hits you have to be prepared.”
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 their tenant screening needs.