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No Background Checks (by maplea18 [NY]) Nov 29, 2022 8:15 AM
       No Background Checks (by Tony [NJ]) Nov 29, 2022 9:20 AM
       No Background Checks (by jonny [NY]) Nov 29, 2022 10:13 AM
       No Background Checks (by WL [CA]) Nov 29, 2022 10:16 AM
       No Background Checks (by MAT [PA]) Nov 29, 2022 10:19 AM
       No Background Checks (by Robert J [CA]) Nov 29, 2022 11:54 AM
       No Background Checks (by Bonanza [NC]) Nov 29, 2022 6:33 PM
       No Background Checks (by dino [CA]) Nov 29, 2022 7:45 PM
       No Background Checks (by WMH [NC]) Nov 29, 2022 7:48 PM
       No Background Checks (by Robin [WI]) Nov 29, 2022 10:38 PM
       No Background Checks (by Mapleaf18 [NY]) Nov 30, 2022 2:28 AM
       No Background Checks (by Mike [MA]) Nov 30, 2022 8:34 AM
       No Background Checks (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Nov 30, 2022 9:57 AM
       No Background Checks (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Nov 30, 2022 11:47 PM

No Background Checks (by maplea18 [NY]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2022 8:15 AM

Coming to a location near you (sure now it is just NYC but this stuff spreads like wildfire, folks)

A controversial bill prohibiting Big Apple landlords from performing criminal background checks on prospective tenants – even those convicted of murder and other heinous crimes – is on a fast track to becoming law.

At least 30 of the City Council’s 51 members have agreed to back the “Fair Chance for Housing Act,” which is set to go before the Council’s Committee on Civil Rights for its first public hearing on Dec. 8, records show.

Unlike an earlier version of the bill that died in another Council committee at the end of the last year following outcry from landlord advocacy groups and others, the new bill introduced in August by Councilman Keith Powers (D-Manhattan) is gaining steam because of support from newly elected pols. Its co-sponsors include Speaker Adrienne Adams.

No Background Checks (by Tony [NJ]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2022 9:20 AM

Thanks fo9r the heads up. In the people's republic of NJ we're not allowed to ask - or disqualify for most criminal offenses but we can still look.

My concern is that when NY sneezes, NJ often catches the cold ......

No Background Checks (by jonny [NY]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2022 10:13 AM

It's not right... does this cover sex offenders too? I didn't look it up but I honestly don't feel comfortable about not being able to know WHO is living in your property.

I'm not in NYC but it won't take long as we all know...

I am behind what HUD did where they made it where you can't just "blanket statement" no criminal history... You should look at it and make a rational decision (how long ago, the seriousness of the crime, any reoccurring charges, etc). However, when they just come out and state "you can't look or determine at all from it"... that's not right.

Where are OUR rights to choose who gets to live in OUR properties? It's coming down to the point that it's just someone shows up at your door and saying "I'm living here now" and we don't even know who it is, if or how they will pay, etc. It won't matter... They are going to make this worse than it already is and they don't even realize it.

No Background Checks (by WL [CA]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2022 10:16 AM

If you are a NYC LL suffering under rent control, now is your chance to move in hardened criminal types next to your long term rent controlled tenants with no liability due to the new law. Wonder how the 60 year old tenant paying $300 per month for a rent controlled apartment is going to like a mugger, robber or murderer next door? If the NY tenants voted for this, let them get what they voted for. Moving the Morlocks next door to the Eloi - should be interesting to see how that works out! Guessing the LL will soon have a vacancy and can raise the rent to market after the Eloi gets "harvested" by the Morlock.

No Background Checks (by MAT [PA]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2022 10:19 AM

Unfortunately, it's going to take a heinous crime to stop or reverse this kind of thing. Some little kid in an apartment building is going to get attacked by a neighbor with a history, and if the news picks it up, the politicians will be falling all over themselves to propose new requirements.

If the government won't hire someone as a janitor or cafeteria worker in my elementary school, I shouldn't have to put them in my building. My tenants know that and appreciate it. Lots of prospects ask about who else lives in the building, and are comforted to know that I run background checks on every applicant over 18.

No Background Checks (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2022 11:54 AM

In Los Angeles, law makes came up with a dozy of an idea for additional money stream. With Coved, they couldn't keep the jail house's full. So all of the "early" release prisoners needed places to stay. Why not pull the wool over the eyes of the dumb landlords. Offer them additional Section 8 tenants.

Say the City had already screened them and they passed. Offer an incentive. The City will give the landlord a $500 deposit and guarantee the tenants portion of the rent for the first 6 months.

The guy they tried to shove down my throat saying I can not reject Section 8 tenants, was a 5 time looser. Guilty of robbery, check fraud, auto theft, drunk and disorderly and owing back child support.

I had to tell the city that someone else beat this applicant to the punch. Their qualifications were:

1-Having a job for the past 10 years with the same company.

2-Good credit with a 720 Fico Score.

3-Paid their rent on time, by themselves, with no aid.

4-Owned a vehicle, paid off-Toyota Rav4.

5-Does not Smoke, Drink nor uses drugs.


No Background Checks (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2022 6:33 PM

If it gets passed, it will never get repealed not matter the problems it creates. Government creates laws. Rarely do they repeal them.

No Background Checks (by dino [CA]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2022 7:45 PM

Hey, you folks are good enough to be able to use your excellent screening and eliminate the bad applicants even without criminal background checks.

Let the corrupt, foolish politicians play their games, they always will.

You just be smart enough to avoid letting those lowlife politicians damage your life or the lives of good tenants.

No surprise what those politicians are doing. After all, are those lowlife politicians very different than the criminals they are trying to force into your units??


No Background Checks (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2022 7:48 PM

I found more stuff on a person I was really going for (not a prospect, different area of life) through the online background sites like PeopleSearch and such. Yes I had to pay for it myself, like $20, but so worth it.

No Background Checks (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2022 10:38 PM

Folks, this is the reality. I rent to citizens "re-entering society" on a regular basis. Without exception they've been great. They do NOT want to go back to the Big House, and if there ever were a problem, I can threaten to call their parole officer. How many of you can do that with your tenants?

They need somewhere to live. If we don't offer a solution, the powers that be will do it for us, and we won't like it.

I rented to two sex offenders last month. Carefully screened? You betcha! For one, it was far in the rear-view mirror and seemed likely to be part of an angry ex-girlfriend's attempt to get revenge. For the other one, it was "importuning a minor" and sounds like it was a set-up. He was convicted of "criminal tools" too. The tool? His cell phone, which COULD have been used improperly. Never mind that it wasn't...

Both have been model tenants. Both are extremely grateful that I gave them a chance. might consider it. Adapt or die!

No Background Checks (by Mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2022 2:28 AM

Robin, I sincerely hope you CC.

No Background Checks (by Mike [MA]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2022 8:34 AM

I think a tactic to thwart this is not so much getting heartless , money grubbing, landlords involved (which if you get any press it will be negative from most news teams) but the groups that have had terrible things that have happened to them by bad people that were let out early from jail, or known to do bad, things and been in the system but only had their hands slapped by the courts.

Now in our state, some of the border states sent a relatively few of the illegals to the wealthy areas of our state. These areas has posted signs that they welcomed the poor illegals, But it was a different story when they actually showed up. They were sent away very quickly, (now I'm not saying these illegals were all bad) .most I assume were good people) but where they were bussed to, were some areas of huge million and multimillion dollar houses with lots of room and very few occupants. Certainly they could house at least some of them.

I tried to ask the news outlets that were covering about how heartless these southern states were doing in sending a few of them north,.but not covering how with all the resources these wealthy people had they we not offering them shelter in these huge properties.

Of course,no response from any of them.

I often felt that it should be eaiser to access more information of just who sponsored these bills,and some the top supporters and had their names attached to them.

Maybe those people also should be asked to provide a bit of room in their house to house a person with a bad record. Or at least have some legal responsibility to bad happenings.

No Background Checks (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2022 9:57 AM

Well if there is a silver lining to this - it will be hard to hold the landlord accountable once a mishaps occurs. The person with the "deep pockets" is just following the law.

It is a shame that we are in victim based society. Everyone is a victim of something

No Background Checks (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2022 11:47 PM

Some areas of the Us they have trailer park where all those incoridgebles live so they are out of the main public area. One can not have a sex offender living in a rental complex. One time was watching the ABC program which is not the ABC in the Us where in Australia it is called the ABC where there was trailer park in Florida where those lived along there was interview with them. There are different types of criminals where some need to isolated from the general public.

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