Landlords Are Using Next-Generation Eviction Tech

From CityLab is a story, Landlords Are Using Next-Generation Eviction Tech.  As noted in the sub-headline, “as tenant protections get stronger…landlords use software to manage delinquent renters. But housing advocates see a tool for quicker evictions.”  This system seems to merely automate a highly-manual and time-consuming process. 

Portland ordinance under legal challenge

We reported (here) on a recent and troubling local law in Portland, Oregon that limits landlords’ ability to provide safe housing by restricting the ability to conduct credit and criminal background checks on prospective tenants.  We reported (here) on a small but disturbing trend of other cities and counties passing ordinances similar to that which… Continue reading Portland ordinance under legal challenge

Va. Press Has First Amendment Right to See New Court Complaints on Day of Filing

As reported by Courthouse News, Over four days of trial earlier this month, Virginia court clerks used public funds and private attorneys to fight tooth and nail against public access. They wound up with a thumping defeat last week, as a federal judge’s opinion affirmed the First Amendment right to see new court complaints on the… Continue reading Va. Press Has First Amendment Right to See New Court Complaints on Day of Filing

Reporting Rent Realizes Rewards for Renters

HUD issued a press release announcing the results of a joint study from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Policy and Economic Research Council (PERC) found that if the rent payments of HUD-assisted consumers are reported to credit reporting agencies, many of these households would cease being ‘credit invisible.’  These… Continue reading Reporting Rent Realizes Rewards for Renters

Protocol’s story on Checkr doesn’t check out

Recently, Protocol, a new news outlet from the owner of Politico, did a story on Checkr and its criminal background checks.  The story focused on anecdotes from several cases without looking at the overall accuracy in the background check industry.  The story also focused a lot of attention on litigation against the company, yet the… Continue reading Protocol’s story on Checkr doesn’t check out

Proposal in Utah to limit residential screening fees

A story in the Salt Lake City Tribune reports on a yet-unfiled bill from Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake City) “that would help keep tenants from paying multiple background check fees when applying for apartments.”  Background check fees, as we know, are necessary. Tenants demand safe living spaces and landlords need to protect their tenants and… Continue reading Proposal in Utah to limit residential screening fees

Stellar job opportunity falls, says plaintiff

As reported by Law 360 (paywall), Stellar Partners, Inc., an airport retailer, allegedly violated the FCRA in its hiring practices.  In a case filed in the Middle District of Florida by Tabatha Parker, represented by Wenzel Fenton Cabassa and Consumer Litigation Associates, Parker alleges that the company “ran a background check on her when she applied… Continue reading Stellar job opportunity falls, says plaintiff

CDIA comment on criminal background checks

Prior criminal activity can also be a predictor of future action. A 2018 report shows that rates of recidivism are significant.  This is a key point CDIA made when it filed a follow-up comment in January 2020 to the CFPB and the FTC in response to their Accuracy in Consumer Reporting Workshop in December 2019.  CDIA… Continue reading CDIA comment on criminal background checks

Brother, don’t spare a dime (for court records)

Every now and again people hit a wall; a pay wall. “The federal judiciary charges 10 cents per page to pull up court files from its online record repository. The fees can add up quickly, and users must consider whether each click to view a public record is worth the cost.”  That’s the lead for… Continue reading Brother, don’t spare a dime (for court records)