Posted by consigliere on February 06, 2002 at 16:35:11:
In Reply to: Re: Landlord Asking for Social Security Number posted by Lurker-Owner on February 06, 2002 at 15:02:51:
The issue in the original thread was a landlord's request, under the provisions of the Housing Maintenance Code (HMC), for a tenant to supply the names of all people living in the apartment. There is a similar provision in the Rent Stabilization Code (RSC).
It had nothing to do with a landlord's request for a tenant's Social Security number on a W-9 form for security deposit interest.
Click on the link, below, to read my messages with the text of the relevant sections of the HMC and RSC.
: : Below is a link to an article from Bankrate.com, Guard your Social Security number, which should be relevant to this issue.
: I think the original question was something like "my new landlord sent W-9's to all tenants requesting our social security numbers. Can he do this?"
: From the first paragraph of the second section of the article you referenced:
: "Also, SSNs are required for transactions involving taxes, so that means banks, brokerages, employers, and the like also have a legitimate need for your SSN."
: When I ask a tenant for a Social Security Number, I send the tenant a form W-9 provided to me by my bank. It is fine with me if the tenant sends the W-9 directly to the bank.
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