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Posted by JJ on January 23, 2002 at 22:53:59:

In Reply to: nice detective work! posted by nyhawk on January 23, 2002 at 20:56:01:

: I would change that to say: NO SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ALLOWED, per federal law. Also, I think landlords seek this information in case they get stiffed on back rent. having the SSN will allow the landlod to more easily track down the deadbeat tenant and collect the back rent. That is not, I think, a proper ground to request someone's SSN, and certainly not how it was done in the case I have, by informing the tenant that all the information (including SSN) is required by the administrative code. Anybody ever get such a notice from their landlord and wanna sue????/ I'm willing to talk about it, might be willing to it on contingency.......thanks

My landlord, for one.
Most of my friends' landlords too.

For vacancy leases: they require SSN with the application to do a credit check. Give up your real SSN or forget about renting that apt!

For renewal leases, or anytime after you move in: they claim the banks need the SSN for the interest-bearing account for your security deposit; they claim the IRS code requires banks to have it (my bank said they don't need it)

It's easy enough to give them a wrong SSN: just rattle it off fast xxx-xx-xxxx. start with 03x- if you're a native NYer. Easier than suing AND they never complained! ;)

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