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Re: They don't need to...

Posted by Ronin on April 18, 2001 at 21:46:15:

In Reply to: They don't need to... posted by MikeW on April 18, 2001 at 16:59:51:

: if a LL has six applicants for every apartment, he may decide to reject any applicant who's been a party to any case in housing court, regardless of the resolution of the case.

I would tend to disagree with you on that one. It may be that an applicant could sue you for discriminating against them on the basis that they enforced their rights under the law. It's been done in other areas of the law, even with the courts as pro-slumlord as they are, certain principles are universal.

Nonetheless, you raise a point different from the one I am investigating. From what I understand, you are working from the perspective of a legal credit report* and the LL checking the court records himself. That is not what I am interested in. Reasonable people can disagree on your point, but it is not illegal on it's face. I'm talking about databases, blacklists. Even if they claim to hold public record information. And especially if they hold LL comments about a tenant.

Thanks for your feedback.


*I am assuming here that the credit report is legally obtained with permission, and any denial is accompanied by the required "source of information" notice. Otherwise it is unlawful and worth lots of money to the tenant involved.

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