Developing appropriate screening criteria is critical for all rental housing providers.

A rental housing provider who establishes appropriate screening criteria should find, more often than not, that they end up with tenants who pay rent on time and who adhere to house rules and policies.

Consistent application of lawful screening criteria, including renting to the first applicant who qualifies, will also help protect against claims of discrimination.

This webinar will discuss the categories of information that should and should not be considered as part of the tenant screening process, and the types of policies rental housing providers should have in place to deal with common issues in the screening process, including:

  • Setting an appropriate income standard
  • Considerations for credit requirements
  • Evaluating rental history
  • Avoiding criteria that violate fair housing laws


Puneet Singh, Managing Partner at PKS Law Group. Puneet Singh is a Managing Partner at PKS Law Group. Ms. Singh received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law and was admitted to the State and Federal Bars in 2001. For fifteen years she served as a Managing Partner of the Northern California offices of a statewide real estate law firm with over 200 employees. Her experience includes counseling the largest property management firms in the nation as well as smaller portfolio owners on their real estate needs. Ms. Singh has extensive knowledge in fair housing, post foreclosure evictions, property management, and unlawful detainer law and litigation.

Whitney Prout, Policy and Compliance Counsel, California Apartment Association 

Whitney Prout advises CAA’s state and local public affairs teams, develops CAA’s education and compliance materials, assists members on CAA’s Helpline, and represents the interests of CAA members on regulatory issues. Prout has extensive experience advocating on behalf of rental housing providers throughout California in litigation and compliance matters, as well as legislative and regulatory fora. 

Original Broadcast Date: June 2018
On-Demand Cost: $49 CAA Member/ $89 Non-Member
Estimated Course Length: 1 Hr.

Qualifies for 1 Unit of CCRM Continuing Education Credit for current CCRM Certified Individuals.

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