New legislation hopes to combat tenant blacklists

The lists include tenants who were in housing court

New York /
Aug.August 17, 2016 08:31 AM

New proposed legislation aims to help tenants blacklisted for their history in Housing Court.

Councilman Benjamin Kallos on Tuesday introduced legislation to the council’s Consumer Affairs Committee that would force screening companies to provide landlords with fuller descriptions of Housing Court cases. The measure is intended to combat overzealous tenant blacklists, which are compiled by tenant-screening data companies based on Housing Court records.

Housing attorneys argue that the blacklist is riddled with errors and fails to show when a tenant won a case, the New York Times reported. After two years of being homeless, Margot Miller, 68, recently was denied housing at an apartment for low-income seniors when the owner discovered that she had been sued by her previous landlord.

“No one should be condemned to being homeless just because they were in Housing Court,” Kallos said.

The state’s Office of Court Administration previously sold a daily data feed of Housing Court cases to companies, but stopped including tenants names in 2012 amid several complaints. In its place, data companies have sent people to Housing Court to manually record housing cases.

In 2014, the city council passed legislation that are required landlords, property managers and brokers to disclose which screening company they used for background checks. The tenants are allowed to order their files and correct any falsehoods.  [NYT] Kathryn Brenzel 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
 Fredrik Eklund and the property (Getty, Steve Frankel)
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Gordon Ramsey and his Lucky Cat restaurant (Lucky Cat)
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
75 Park Lane South (Plaza Construction)
This year’s top-selling Hudson County homes
This year’s top-selling Hudson County homes
(Illustration by The Real Deal with Getty)
Housing affordability hits 33-year low
Housing affordability hits 33-year low
D&F Development Group’s Peter Florey and the development site at the northwest corner of Pulaski and Elwood Roads in East Northport (D&F Development Group, Google Maps)
Four decades in making, East Northport project clears key hurdle
Four decades in making, East Northport project clears key hurdle
Mayor of New York City Eric Adams (Photo Illustration by The Real Deal with Getty Images)
NYC turns back to hotels to grow homeless shelters
NYC turns back to hotels to grow homeless shelters
Leonard Stern with Wyndham Garden Hotel Newark Airport (Getty, Hotels Combined)
Hartz buys Newark Airport hotel for $34M, plans demolition
Hartz buys Newark Airport hotel for $34M, plans demolition
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...