Posted by Ronin on April 18, 2001 at 21:33:30:
In Reply to: Re: Tenant Blacklisting posted by jack on April 18, 2001 at 18:38:20:
It probably is illegal under the federal credit laws. To use information without notifying the tenant, to maintain a database without allowing an opportunity for the tenant to correct mistakes.
That is why it is done so undercover. That is why the "Landlords" are so vehement in denying a "deep dark conspiracy".
But anyone who's ever been turned down for credit knows that the source of the credit info must be provided to you. At no point has a LL mentioned that. Ergo, the LL's and agents doing this are probably fat, ripe pickings for a multimillion dollar federal class action. Once in federal discovery all their dirty laundry will come falling out.
The question is has anyone run across more of these blacklists? All the LL's on this thread used the phrase "deep dark conspiracy" which is their phrase. And it is of Fruedian interest that they have done so. Surely the emotion exhibited about this issue suggests a pervasive violation of the credit reporting laws.
: 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.
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