Brookings, AEI Issue Essays on Second Chances and Incorrect Assumptions about Background Checks

Last month, to coincide with Second Chances Month, the Brookings-AEI Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform issued a report, A better path forward for criminal justice: Training and employment for correctional populations.  Brookings and AEI are often at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but they teamed up to create a working group for thought… Continue reading Brookings, AEI Issue Essays on Second Chances and Incorrect Assumptions about Background Checks

Virginia AG, Tenant Advocates, Apartment Assn. Create Model Tenant Screening Policy

In April 2020, at the end of both National Fair Housing Month and Second Chance Month, Virginia Attorney General Herring (D) and “partners in the housing industry” launched “a new tool that will reduce housing discrimination and increase housing stability and options for Virginians with previous nonviolent convictions.”  The initiative was announced in a press release by… Continue reading Virginia AG, Tenant Advocates, Apartment Assn. Create Model Tenant Screening Policy

CFPB Wants to Look at Evictions

Acting Director Dave Uejio sent a message recently outlining his “broad vision for the Division of Research, Markets, and Regulations (RMR).” Many Bureau watchers, who also watch residential screening issues, may have been surprised to see a workstream on the CFPB’s “analysis on housing insecurity, including mortgage foreclosures, mobile home repossessions, and landlord-tenant evictions…” To… Continue reading CFPB Wants to Look at Evictions

NYC seeks to ban criminal background checks for landlords

Councilman Steven T. Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights) introduced Intro. 2047-2020, a sweeping proposal that, according to the official summary, “would prohibit housing discrimination in rentals, leases, subleases, or occupancy agreements in New York City, on the basis of arrest or criminal record. Landlords and real estate brokers would be prohibited from inquiring about criminal record information… Continue reading NYC seeks to ban criminal background checks for landlords

Facebook: Changing help wanted and housing ads

Facebook announced its Second Update on Our Civil Rights Audit.  The announcement impacts how advertisers can post help wanted and housing notices on the platform.  The new notice says that Our policies have always prohibited advertisers from using our tools to discriminate. In 2018, we went further by removing thousands of categories from targeting related… Continue reading Facebook: Changing help wanted and housing ads

Seattle saga continues: Amicus denied

We recently discussed an interesting amicus filed in the Yim v. Seattle.  GRE Downtowner LLC (“GRE”) supported the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and deny the City of Seattle’s cross-motion for summary judgment.  Sadly, the Court denied GRE’s motion to file the brief.  GRE makes a great point, even if the Court did not accept it. GRE… Continue reading Seattle saga continues: Amicus denied

The condition of the conviction

Late last year, RentGrow won a victory in the Seventh Circuit on definition of “conviction”.  Adalco v. RentGrow, No. 18-1932 (7th Cir. 2019).  The court found that the definition of “conviction” under the FCRA should be interpreted under federal law, not the law of the state where the criminal record is generated. The appellate court affirmed the holding… Continue reading The condition of the conviction

The Seattle Saga: A building owner weighs in with the problems of not conducting background checks

We have mentioned several times before (see, here), the ongoing federal court challenge to Seattle’s residential screening ordinance and CDIA’s amicus in that case.  That case, Yim v. Seattle, grinds on, but there was a new and interesting amicus filed in the case.  GRE Downtowner LLC (“GRE”) supports the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and deny… Continue reading The Seattle Saga: A building owner weighs in with the problems of not conducting background checks

Portland: Catching up on old news

As reported by The Oregonian on Feb. 28, a federal judge in Portland denied a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent two Fair Access in Renting ordinances from becoming law.  The judge said that the rental industry group challenging the laws, Multifamily NW, waited too long to file a legal challenge.  While the… Continue reading Portland: Catching up on old news

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.