California Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of State Consumer Reporting Statute

By Attorneys Pamela Q. Devata, Jennifer L. Mora, and John Drury

This post was originally published at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

After several years of litigation, in Connor v. First Student, Inc. the California Supreme Court decided that the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (“ICRAA”) was not unconstitutionally vague as applied to employment background checks. It reached this conclusion notwithstanding its finding that there is some overlap between the ICRAA and the California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (“CCRAA”). As such, employers and consumer reporting agencies must abide by both statutes where applicable.

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New ApplyConnect Reports are Coming Soon!

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By Olivia Creighton

ApplyConnect works tirelessly to provide you the nation’s most trusted tenant screening, and we’re always innovating to give you the best possible service. We know that, in order to keep your property safe, you need the best possible data in a timely way to make the right decisions when filling your vacancies. To help with that, ApplyConnect is proud to announce that credit reports have been reimagined to make finding quality tenants easier than ever before!

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Remember the Equifax Data Hack? We Do and You Should Too.

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By Becky Bower

Equifax’s major security breach in September of last year caused irreputable harm to millions of consumer’s personal information. With information accessed including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and (in some cases) driver’s license and credit card numbers, a large number of Americans are still vulnerable to identity theft even now. As most consumers have long forgotten about the Equifax hack, data criminals might find that one year later is the perfect time to wreak some havoc.

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The Next Big Move-In Gift Fills Bellies

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By Olivia Creighton

When a tenant fills your vacancy, it isn’t uncommon to offer them a move-in gift to show your appreciation. Maybe you offer a month of free internet or a gift card to a restaurant in the area, but you do something nice to start your relationship with your new renter on the right foot. With technology allowing for the creation of new ideas and services, could grocery delivery services be the next great move-in gift?

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How You Can Better Work With Your HOA

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By Olivia Creighton

Chances are that if you have a property in a residential area, you’ve got an HOA laying down the law for you. Whether or not you like the rules that they’ve established, complying with them is a must. Dealing with the HOA when you have tenants may seem like a headache, but can be easily navigated with a few simple steps.

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Rental Housing Legislation You Should Be Keeping your Eye On

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By Becky Bower

As the majority of the country takes a break proposing and passing new rental housing laws and regulations, let’s take a moment to review the rental housing bills that are currently up to bat. From regulations on service animals in Illinois, rental property registration in the city of Portland, and additional homeless grants and assistance in California, the rental housing legislation at this point is a mixed bag. Take a look below at the passed and proposed rental housing laws in your state.

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Fill Rental Vacancies Faster Using Social Media

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By Olivia Creighton

It would be an understatement to say that social media is a rather prevalent part of our culture. It seems like everyone is checking Facebook every few minutes or sharing their latest thoughts on Twitter. Everyone has some sort of social presence, from businesses to famous dogs. It can be confusing trying to figure out where you fit in all of this, especially as a landlord. It’s imperative you have a presence online, but what type of presence?

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