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Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Violations are going to be decided on a case by case basis.  That doesn't mean you can't consider criminal history information when makng a decision. You cannot refuse to rent because of a criminal history.

NPR offers this explanation:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/04/472878724/denying-housing-over-criminal-record-may-be-discrimination-feds-say

Aug 19, 2016 06:29 AM
Rainmaker
3,167,411
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

When it comes to fair housing HUD's policies are sometimes intentionally confusing! And, you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent. Not exactly the American way!

Aug 19, 2016 08:04 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I think if you are going to screen for criminal records, it is important to screen all applicants.  

Aug 19, 2016 12:24 PM
Rainmaker
680,424
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

What is a 'conflicted felon'???
(3rd line up from bottom)

Is that a typo or a 'thing'?

Aug 19, 2016 06:37 AM
Rainmaker
3,240,957
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It could be good.

It could be bad.

It could get ugly.   

Aug 20, 2016 12:52 AM
Rainer
211,534
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

There's always another reason to be found anyway

Aug 20, 2016 12:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Insane if you ask me!

Aug 19, 2016 11:40 PM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Would have to read some more about it.

Aug 19, 2016 09:42 PM
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Well, as Richard Weeks said, it is case by case. After all, you can not discriminate. But I doubt, that a child molester with a criminal records would be easily welcome to any community...

Aug 19, 2016 06:44 PM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Richard Weeks has provided a good answer to your question. But on a personal level, I find this trend bothersome.

Aug 19, 2016 12:33 PM
Rainmaker
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Sigh!

Aug 19, 2016 12:12 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I am aware and it is troubling in some ways.

Sep 04, 2016 08:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I still don't know a single landlord who would rent to someone with a "Defrauding the Innkeeper" conviction though.  Or an eviction.

Aug 20, 2016 08:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Its pretty basic rules-if you have a crime policy apply it to all people, not some of them. Same as all criteria.

Aug 20, 2016 01:12 AM
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Yes I've seen it. 

Here's a good example:  would you rent to someone convicted for check fraud? He would become a cash only tenant.

Aug 20, 2016 01:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I no longer rent out any of my properties....I provide housing for family only....but if I was still renting property, I WOULD USE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND TO MAKE A DECISION...

Aug 20, 2016 12:57 AM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Another laughable intrusion by Big Brother.

Aug 19, 2016 11:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's something, that given a choice, I would like to avoid.  

Aug 19, 2016 10:09 PM
Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Richard Weeks nailed this one!

Aug 19, 2016 10:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

More good reasons for sales agents to stay out of the rental business.

Aug 19, 2016 09:24 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I agree with Patricia Kennedy, better to screen all applicants. 

Aug 19, 2016 06:05 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - the good thing is landlord decides who is going to be the tenant.

(Does not mean I agree or disagree with this policy. At least something in black and white out there...)

Aug 19, 2016 03:09 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That's why I have a property manager for my rentals.

Aug 19, 2016 02:56 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I like the Candice A. Donofrio point.

Any "conflicted" felon is ok in my book.

It asked, a felon with good credit may be better then someone with a clean record (did not get caught yet) and a good FICA score.

Aug 19, 2016 01:56 PM
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I am so glad I don't work in rentals...

Aug 19, 2016 12:58 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We treat everyone fairly, it should not make a difference but will read and watch for potential problems and traps.

Aug 19, 2016 11:32 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It will be an interesting ride going forward.

Aug 19, 2016 08:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I just printed this out. I will share it with others.

Aug 19, 2016 07:30 AM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

In the decades I have being doing prop mgmt, I never did this nor would do this. I focus on the positive, current aspects of who someone is subject to my criteria and verification...I' rent & manage not condemn & criticize

Aug 19, 2016 06:33 AM