Potential Ban of Criminal Records in Tenant Screening Should Alert Landlords Everywhere...

Recently, the New York City Council introduced a bill banning landlords utilizing criminal history reports as part of tenant applicant vetting. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of, states: “Any time significant legislation is introduced in a city such as New York landlords and property managers across the country should take immediate note as other cities could follow New York’s lead; and a best practice remains to work with a third-party tenant screening agency, such as, in order to remain compliant with laws governing tenant screening.

New York City Council has introduced a new bill making it easier for individuals with criminal background records to gain housing by banning the use of criminal history records as part of the tenant screening process.

From on October 13, 2020:

New York City Councilman Stephen Levin, with 18 cosponsors, has introduced a bill to ban landlords from running criminal background checks on potential tenants because it prevents formerly incarcerated individuals from securing stable housing. The proposed legislation applies to most rentals, leases, sublets, or any occupancy agreements. The main exception to the proposed regulation is if someone is renting out a space in the residence where their family also lives. (1) FULL RELEASE

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