Seattle's City Council is contemplating changes in rules governing the use of Criminal History reports as part of tenant screening and this change could potentially impact the entire country; opines TenantScreeningUSA.com's President and CEO, Adam Almeida. "The potential change in Seattle should be seen as a shot across the bow for all landlords and immediately alert them to a full tenant screening program review by a competent third-party tenant screening company."
WALTHAM, MA (PRWEB) JULY 17, 2017 - As Seattle's City Council contemplates changes to the laws governing the use of criminal background records as part of tenant screening, all landlords and property managers should take immediate notice. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com states: "Changes in laws governing housing can come fast and seemingly out of nowhere, so Seattle's potential change in law should push all landlords and property managers to immediately have their tenant screening policies reviewed by a third-party tenant screening agency to ensure full compliance with existing law."
The potential law being considered by Seattle's City Council seeks to enhance rental options for individuals with criminal histories.
From Seattle.Curbed.com (Jun. 26, 17):
The proposed legislation, which Mayor Ed Murray sent to the City Council for consideration last week, would limit the role of criminal records in the tenant screening process. Landlords wouldn’t be able to screen applicants based on criminal convictions older than two years. FULL RELEASE