A Position on Washington HB 2537 and SB 6291 “An Act Relating to Tenant Screening”

Update: On Feb. 27th the bills did not make it out of the Senate Financial Institutions, Housing, and Insurance Committee. The bills are therefore (likely) dead.

The Problem:  There have been reports of some consumers who have experienced delays in obtaining rental housing due to the costs associated with consumer reports obtained by property managers and landlords to qualify the consumer’s tenancy. The state of Washington’s Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA), which regulates the relationship between landlords and tenants, acknowledges that screening reports are an important part of this relationship.  Further, the Washington State Legislature has “…found and declares comprehensive tenant screening reports are a necessary and fair solution for both applicants and landlords”[1]. Despite the importance of these documents to all parties, legislation now pending in the Washington state legislature (H.B. 2537)) would both lower accuracy and increase the potential for fraud in these documents, exposing both landlords and the prospective tenants to incorrect housing decisions.     

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CIC Celebrates 28th Anniversary as Nation’s Fastest Growing Tenant Screening Firm

CIC, a nationwide leader in tenant screening for the multifamily housing industry and wholesale data market announced today that February 16, 2014 marked 28 years of industry excellence, delivering innovative solutions to protect its clients’ properties and investments.

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Five Tips from the FTC on Protecting Personal Information and Preventing a Data Breach

As Americans go throughout their day, filling up gas tanks, shopping online and visiting the grocery store, a  trail of information is left behind – names, dates of birth, credit card numbers, addresses, online login names and passwords.

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CIC’s ApplyConnect Offers Revenue Share for Real Estate & Apartment Associations

As a nationwide leader in tenant screening since 1986, CIC strives to deliver the most comprehensive tenant screening reports to not only large property management companies, but also to real estate and apartment associations through ApplyConnect marketing partnerships.

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ApplyConnect makes Tenant Screening Quick and Easy

Offical Applyconnect LogoCIC, a nationwide leader in tenant screening for the multifamily housing industry, recently partnered with Experian® to launch ApplyConnect, a free tenant screening solution for real estate agents. ApplyConnect builds on a process created by Experian whereby credit reports can be requested and viewed on an individual basis and combines it with CIC’s industry leading tenant screening products.

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CIC Founder Discusses Tenant Screening in Free MultifamilyBiz.com Webcast Conference

Learn fromCIC_logo_200x100 special guest and industry leader, Bill Bower, CIC founder and Chairman of the Board, as he teams up with property management expert Ernest F. Oriente of PowerHour® and multifamily technology innovator Kerry W. Kirby, CEO of 365 Connect and MultifamilyBiz.com, for a free 60-minute recorded webcast.

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Real Estate Agents and Individual Rental Owners Need Tenant Screening Too

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In the United States more than half of the country’s non-buying population is made up of real estate rentals.  Some owners choose to hire a property management company to take care of the complete rental process, but oftentimes real estate agents and individual landlords are the ones tasked with filling vacancies.  No matter who is renting a property the fact remains that applicants have rights that are protected by law.  The same criteria must be used for all applicants so no arguments can be made alleging discrimination took place.  Important questions still need to be answered though about whether the applicant will pay their bills on time, or if they have a past that would make them a risk to the property.

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