AATC partners with the National Apartment Association who has developed a joint advocacy program with the National Multihousing Council to best represent the multi-housing industry’s legislative and regulatory interests in Washington DC. To read more about our advocacy efforts click here.
New HUD Resident Screening Guidelines
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance on April 4th, 2016 that requires all single-family and multifamily rental professionals to revisit their resident screening policies.
HUD is not discouraging the use of criminal records in the background screening process, but they are requiring a conviction be reported for the record to be considered in the decision. Using an arrest record without a conviction is being viewed as discriminating against a consumer who has not been found guilty of having done anything illegal.
Your rental criteria for an applicant to be approved to live in your property should be clearly defined. For example: income must be XX times the monthly rent. Likewise there should be criteria that will disqualify applicants despite them meeting other requirements.
NAA & NMHC are working on recommended industry best practices in resident screening. Currently, NAA recommends that you specify that the use of a criminal record must be the result of a conviction, and denial should be limited to specific crimes such as:
- Violent crimes, which would include any convictions with the use of firearms,
- Crimes of a sexual nature,
- Crimes against property or persons (such as arson and theft), and,
- Convictions of drug manufacturing or distribution.
- What is the nature of the criminal conviction?
- How severe is crime that resulted in a conviction?
- What is the length of time since conviction occurred?
NAA Capitol Conference
Each March, AATC members travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the NAA Capitol Conference and meet with Tarrant County congressional members and staff about federal issues that impact our industry. This year the issues discussed included changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 8 reform, and National Flood Insurance. To read more about these issues click here.
WHO REPRESENTS YOU IN DC
If you live and or work in one of AATCs 6 congressional districts, you can quickly find your US Representative or Senator’s web site by clicking here.