A newly introduced bill would prohibit landlords from using credit reports while screening prospective tenants.

AB 2527 by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, would also ban property owners from asking about anything that would be included in a report, such as payment history or evictions.

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva

“A credit report is the primary tool a rental property owner has to make the most objective determination about the ability of a potential tenant to pay the rent,” says an opposition letter from the California Apartment Association. Landlords depend on rental revenue to cover many expenses, from mortgage to taxes to maintenance.

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