California Bill Would Make it Discriminatory to Ask Rental Applicants about Criminal Records on Initial Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 17, 2022, California Assembly Bill 2383 was introduced to make it a discriminatory housing practice for the owner of rental housing to inquire about – or require an applicant for rental housing to disclose – a criminal record during the initial application assessment phase unless…

ClearStar and RentTango Announce Partnership that Streamlines Credit and Background Checks for Residential Real Estate Leasing and Property Management

Written by ClearStar | Industry Insights, Tenant Screening RentTango, an innovative real estate software company, has announced it is now working with ClearStar to streamline the tenant screening portion of the leasing process on the RentTango rental property marketing and leasing platform. By working together, RentTango leverages ClearStar’s pioneering experience in screening technologies with a…

Tenant Screening Company to Pay $3 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Failing to Meet FCRA Accuracy Requirements

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 16, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a tenant screening company in Texas agreed to pay $3 million to settle charges of failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of information provided to landlords and property managers that caused renters to…

Jury Finds Housing Authority Negligent in Murder of Elderly Woman after Tenant Background Check Misses Criminal Past of Neighbor

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer In a story that shows the importance of using overlapping tools to do criminal background checks, a jury recently ruled that negligence by the Housing Authority in a North Carolina city led to an elderly woman’s death at the hands of her crack cocaine addicted neighbor in 2007. A story…