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Knowledge Base Entry: Notice of Denial to Rent

In compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, this form notifies an applicant that their application to rent has been denied due to information in a credit report or from...

Knowledge Base Entry: Notice of Denial to Rent (Agencies Listed)

In compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, this form notifies an applicant that their application to rent has been denied due to information in a credit report or from...

Knowledge Base Entry: Rental Applicant Employment Verification

This form is designed to facilitate the process of obtaining information about the Applicant’s employment history. Do not complete this form without first reviewing the instruction sheet....

Knowledge Base Entry: Rental Applicant Reference

This form is designed to facilitate the process of obtaining information about the Applicant’s rental history from the prior Landlord. Do not complete this form without first reviewing the instruction...

Knowledge Base Entry: Screening Fees – What is the maximum amount that I can charge for a screening fee?

The original statute provides that the amount of the application screening fee shall not be greater than the actual out-of-pocket costs of gathering information concerning the applicant, including, but not...

Knowledge Base Entry: Screening Potential Tenants: Using Consumer Reports

Prior to offering residential property for rent, every landlord should develop written screening criteria that will be applied consistently to all applicants. Criteria may include minimum income requirements, credit, tenancy...

Knowledge Base Entry: Screening: Establishing Criteria

Prior to offering residential property for rent, every owner and manager should develop written screening criteria that will be applied consistently to all applicants. Criteria should include minimum income requirements,...

Knowledge Base Entry: Screening: Fees

When prospective residents apply for rental housing, they may be asked by the owner of the property to cover the cost of any credit reports and other available rental history...

Knowledge Base Entry: Screening: Immigration Law and its Effect on Property Owners

California law extends its civil rights law to individuals regardless of citizenship, primary language, or immigration status. These protections were enhanced, effective January 2018 by AB 291 (Chiu). This Industry...

Knowledge Base Entry: Tenants Privacy Interest: Files and Records Maintained by the Owner

Does a tenant have a right to privacy in the content of the tenant file containing financial and non-financial material maintained by a landlord? This overview addresses the issue of...