That is the question a lot of landlords are talking about based on a recent release of a document on April 4th where HUD discusses the impact of Criminal Background checks on housing of prospective tenants.
You can view the full document at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=HUD_OGCGuidAppFHAStandCR.pdf
The 10 page document goes through the issue in detail. In a nutshell, HUD is concerned that landlords are using criminal screening as a way to discriminate. In their document HUD states their concern: “Where a policy or practice that restricts access to housing on the basis of criminal history has a disparate impact on individuals of a particular race, national origin, or other protected class, such policy or practice is unlawful under the Fair Housing Act if it is not necessary to serve a substantial, legitimate, nondiscriminatory interest of the housing provider, or if such interest could be served by another practice that has a less discriminatory effect.”
At a conference for Broker/Owners who are members of NARPM this past week, we had the opportunity to discuss and share with many property managers all over the US about this and other HUD related issues. One thing is becoming clear, landlords need to keep up with the latest requirements or they risk being drawn into a lawsuit.
If you are an independent landlord with rental home in Cobb, Gwinnett, North Fulton or Forsyth counties and are becoming more concerned about the various pitfalls of self management, we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you more about how we have helped owners have better returns and reduce their risks.
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