Posted by jack on April 18, 2001 at 18:38:20:
In Reply to: Tenant Blacklisting posted by Ronin on April 17, 2001 at 01:30:49:
There is a serious issue with blacklisting of tenants. Such action should be illegal. In most jurisdictions it is against the law for landlords to retaliate against tenants who exercise their rights such as for reporting code violations, yet those same landlords are allowed to discriminate against tenants who have exercised their rights with other landlords. Such discrimination should be considered illegal. A landlord who denies an apartment to a tenant without good cause should be considered guilty of an unfair business practice and the tenant should have remedies in such cases. If a tenant has exercised their rights with any landlord, any landlord who denies them an apartment should be considered as engaging in illegal retaliatory actions unless the landlord can give a good reason for such denial.
: In this month's edition of Rent Wars News, we featured the story of Andrea's battle against Borah Goldstein. One crucial part of the story was the fact that she had been added to a "Landlord's Credit Bureau" which caused her to be denied apartments by Real Estate agencies, etc. even though she had always paid her rent on time or in advance.
: We are exploring this aspect further and want more information.
: I'm looking for any tenants, attorneys, or others who know anything about the various tenant blacklists that are maintained in the city. I am especially interested in any blacklists that add a tenant merely for being sued in court as well as "credit" based lists.
: Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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