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Posted by TenantNet on February 18, 1997 at 12:42:50:

In Reply to: RENTAL HISTORY DISCLOSURE posted by RON on February 18, 1997 at 10:37:40:

: In attempting to acquire residence in another apartment complex, the prospective
: landlord could not obtain a rental history from my previous landlord. The
: previous landlord does not report to any consumer reporting agency, neither
: did the landlord return any phone calls to the prospective landlord.
: I was under the impression that there was a legal obligation, on the part
: of the landlord to disclose this information?
: Due to this non disclosure, I was forced to reside in a hotel for about 45
: days, do I have any recourse? Can the landlord be held liable in any way?
: Especially since the prospective landlord specifically stated, orally and
: in writing that their denial of my application was due solely to the previous
: landlord's non response. Can you help me?????????
: It seems to me that landlords should be required to report rental history,
: good or bad, since all kinds of repercussions can be had relative the Fair
: Credit Reporting Act, Equal Credit Reporting Act, and Consumer Reporting.
: I have done some research, But cannot locate anything that states specifically
: that the landlord is legally required to disclose this information. Is the
: landlord legally required to do this???

In NYC if the unit is (or was) rent stabilized, the owner is required to
register the unit every year with DHCR -- going back to 1984 and you
can get the info from DHCR. ALso, when you take a rent stab unit, the
owner is required to attach an informational rider where he fills in
the previous tenant and rent amount. If it's not rent stabilized, then
you're out of luck.

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