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

Next municipal Fair Chance challenge: Minneapolis

The new Minneapolis Fair Chance ordinance is not Minnesota nice. So un-nice, in fact, that it is the latest city to be challenged in court, following active cases in Seattle and Portland. A few weeks ago, some 40 property owners and management companies filed suit against Minneapolis alleging that the city’s Fair Chance law, Section… Continue reading Next municipal Fair Chance challenge: Minneapolis

Seattle, Again

We have written several times about the Seattle Fair Chance housing and employment law and how one building owner filed a brief in the litigation over the ordinance highlighting the spike in criminal activity in and to its building in the city. GRE Downtowner is not the only building to experience problems, however. The Washington… Continue reading Seattle, Again

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 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