Nov 17

According to a lawsuit filed in 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District in Brooklyn, Sand Castle representatives told the agency’s staff that tenants with a criminal history could “scare” employees and should be considered a “red flag” to management.

Source: Landlords Who Denied Ex-Convicts Settle Landmark Housing Case

Nov 16

The Washington State Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a Seattle law requiring landlords to accept the first qualified rental applicant, reversing a lower court ruling and delivering a win for the city’s lawmakers. The law, known as the First in Time (FIT) law and initially approved in 2016, is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country. It dictates that landlords must review applications in the order their applications are received and accept the first qualified prospective tenant.

Source: WA Supreme Court approves Seattle law requiring landlords to accept first qualified applicant | Crosscut

Jun 09

A King County-based program called the Landlord Liaison Project (LLP) — funded by cities, King County and local philanthropies — has helped many of them, including Girtman. Last month, she was finally able to move her family into an apartment in Kent when LLP persuaded her landlord to take a chance on her.  The program reimburses landlords for any damage tenants do to a unit or, if necessar

Source: Program shields landlords willing to rent to the homeless | The Seattle Times

May 24

She was disqualified, the woman told her. Not because of her credit score. (At 760, hers was stellar.) And not because of a criminal record. (She had none.) Ms. Miller had another factor, it turned out, working against her: She had been sued in housing court by her landlord. That was enough to land her on something known among housing advocates and lawyers as the tenant blacklist, which is compiled by tenant-screening database companies from housing court records.

Source: On Tenant Blacklist, Errors and Renters With Little Recourse – The New York Times

May 16

Under the terms of the agreement, the owners and property managers will pay FHCRC $8,000, require that their employees take fair housing training, amend their rental qualification criteria to remove the requirement that applicants have “No Criminal or Police Record of Any Kind,” and develop and implement a nondiscriminatory criminal record policy.

Source: HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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