Public Records

FTC

California Tenant Screening Company Agrees to pay $4.25 Million to FTC for Failure to Report Accurate Information

The FTC reported on Tuesday that they had reached a settlement with a Publicly Traded Tenant Screening Company in California in the amount of $4.25 million for failure to follow reasonable procedures that ensure the accuracy of their reports. The company was also found to be in violation of the FCRA for reporting evictions and …

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Binary over Globe

The Dangers of Automated Screening

At Insight Reporting, we have a firm belief that human beings will always be needed in the screening process. While automation has made screening easier and cheaper in many ways, human screeners will always be essential for complete and accurate reporting. A recent article by the New York Times highlights many of the dangers of …

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landlord tenant law

Multnomah County and the City of Portland Temporarily Suspend Evictions

Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak, the City of Portland and Multnomah County announced Tuesday that they would temporarily be suspending all eviction processing. Tenants will need to provide proof of hardship due to shutdowns that affect their jobs, childcare, or care of a loved one. Tenants will need to provide letters from their employer, school, …

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Washington State Capitol

Washington State Legislature looking to change how criminal records are handled in tenant screening

Two bills are currently making their way through the Washington State Legislature that will change the way criminal records are handled when screening prospective tenants. SB 6490 and HB 2878 would prevent properties from denying applicants based solely on Criminal Convictions. If these bills are enacted, it would require Individualized Assessments of any applicant with …

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For Rent

Evictions Can Be Expunged in Oregon

Senate Bill 873 went into effect January 1, which allows evictions to be expunged in Oregon under certain situations. Oregon Law has long prevented evictions older than 5 years being used against a prospective tenant in the screening process, but some landlords have not always followed this law. While the evictions were not to be …

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CFPB

Sterling Infosystems, Inc. pays $8.5 million in CFPB lawsuit

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought suit against Sterling Infosystems earlier this year for failure to follow three key guidelines in the Fair Credit Reporting Act: Failure to employ reasonable procedures that ensured maximum accuracy of reported consumer information. Failure to to maintain procedures that ensured the public record information it was supplying was up …

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