7 Issues And Answers About Renting To Felons
Submitted by John Triplett on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 8:18am
Are “no-felony-ever” lease clauses dead? We decided to ask this question of an expert in the field of investigations and tenant screenings to follow up all debate last year over whether landlords are required to rent to someone with a felony record.
David Pickron, owner of RentPerfect, an investigative screening company in Arizona, says the days of saying “no-felony-ever” are over for landlords unless the felony is a sex offense.
“We really tackled this hard in April and May of 2016 when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) first came out with their guidelines,” Pickron said in an interview.
“We also own an employment screening business and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) came out with this years ago. Recidivism rates say if the (convicted felons) can get a job and find a place to live, then recidivism rates go down. So the government mindset is that it’s in our best interest to get these guys housing and to get these guys back into the employment field.
“The problem is that no one wants to take on that liability. Because on the other side, if they do something, we get sued or we all lose rent. So there is a big fight now between the private markets and the federal government.”
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