I Can’t Get Housing Due to a Tenant Screening Report

Posted on: July 26, 2023
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What is a Tenant Screening Report?

Landlords sometimes use tenant screening reports to check if applicants have:

  • Been evicted before.
  • Owe money to a previous landlord for rent or damages.
  • Have a criminal history.
  • Have a credit score below a certain number.

What if I'm denied housing because of the report?

If you’re denied housing because of a tenant screening report, ask the landlord why you were denied and the name of the company that made the report.

The law requires the landlord to:

  • Tell you if the tenant screening or credit report was used to deny you housing.
  • Give you the contact information for the company that made the report.
  • Let you know that you have the right to challenge the information in the report.
  • Let you know that you can get a free copy of the report if you ask for it within 60 days of being denied housing.

If you need help fixing wrong or missing information in your tenant screening report, we may be able to help you. Call us at 504-529-1000 ext. 223.

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