Ban On Background Checks For Prospective Renters, Oakland Approves

For Rent Sign
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Following a unanimous vote by the city council Tuesday night, Oakland has now become the first city in California to ban criminal background checks on potential renters.

Now for any person living in Oakland, their background or any criminal charges or convictions that they may have can’t be a factor in them being approved for renting a room.

The California Apartment Association (CAA), which represents landlords, opposed the measure, but a spokesperson said there were no plans to challenge it in court.

Oakland landlords will still be able to verify income, employment, rental history, and prior landlord references.

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