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Old 01-23-2020, 03:14 PM
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Oakland approves ban on tenant criminal background checks

New law, the most aggressive in California, will help formerly incarcerated people have a fair chance to housing

By Adam Brinklow Jan 23, 2020, 11:22am PST

If you’re a landlord in Oakland or an Oakland renter with a criminal record, be advised that the city passed a new law that makes it illegal to run criminal background checks on prospective tenants.

The new law also bars landlords from turning anyone prospective tenants from rental housing on account of past convictions.

The Oakland City Council unanimously passed the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance on Tuesday, a formal second vote after the same measure sailed through on the first reading at a previous meeting.

The text of the new law notes that when people get out of prison in California, “they are routinely screened out when they apply to rent.” Oftentimes this means the formerly incarcerated can’t even stay with family members sue to of prohibitions on former prisoners.

The three council members who sponsored the new law say that if people with criminal records can’t find homes, they’re likely to end up homeless or returning to prison.

The lawmakers also criticize criminal databases as unreliable, arguing that racial biases in the courts and the prison system translate into housing discrimination under the current status quo.

However, the law does exempt some homes, including “owner-occupied properties with three or fewer units, owner-occupied single-family homes,” and “units where the occupying tenant seeks to replace an existing co-tenant, add an additional co-tenant, or sublet.”

One speaker at Tuesday’s meeting quoted Congressperson Barbara Lee, saying, “It’s past time we put an end to the open discrimination against people with criminal records.”


Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas said of the new rules, “Oakland will become the first city in California to level the playing field.”

Other California cities have similar but less aggressive regulations, and the legislation cites out-of-state examples like Seattle and Portland. In San Francisco, the no-background checks rule applies only to affordable housing.

“No one should be against this,” said Councilmember Dan Kalb before casting his vote.

The change in the law won;t take effect for another six months, after which Oakland landlord could face $1,000 fines if cited for housing discrimination. (Which isn’t a lot of money relative to market-rate rents in Oakland these days.)

John Jones III, director for the campaign in favor of the Fair Chance ordinance, says he plans to begin drives for similar protections in other cities.

Landlords in other cities should pay attention: similar measures are brewing in neighboring East Bay cities, including in Berkeley and Emeryville.

I think you should be allowed to run credit checks
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So now convicted criminals are the newest protected class.
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The left just keeps pushing their agenda. It is almost as if they do it out of spite to stick it to Patriotic Conservatives. Between most of California, Virginia, New York and just about every large city, they are almost daring Conservatives to stand up for their rights. There is going to be a civil war in the near future and when history looks back at it, things such as this will be what drove Conservatives to take their country back.
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I think you should be allowed to run credit checks
Of course you should be allowed to run credit, and arrest checks.

All this will do is decrease the size of the rental pool. And at the same time drive up rental rates.
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I think you should be allowed to run credit checks
I think you should too and I think there will be a huge backlash on this.
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Landlords/property owners should be able to run credit and criminal background checks on potential tenants.

The apartment complex I used to live in was really nice.But then it was sold to another company and another company and finally to someone who just rented to anyone with a pulse. He rented to tweakers, ghetto trash and white trash who just tore the place up and got the place infested with roaches and bed bugs. Those people made apartment living a miserable experience for everyone else.
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Landlords/property owners should be able to run credit and criminal background checks on potential tenants.
I agree absolutely....

You can't even get on an airplane without legal documents and several other hoops to jump thru prior to boarding.....

Any landlord should have the option to require the same standards imo….

The right to refuse customers....
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