Agencies Seek Public Comment on Resident Screening


As you may know, there has been a growing movement to restrict the kinds of information housing providers can use to determine an applicant’s potential residency in apartment communities. Two federal agencies, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), have issued a request for information (RFI) on resident screening practices. This is part of the White House’s “Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights.”

They want to know more about resident screening practices, and we need your help to teach them. We recognize that individual member stories can be especially impactful in demonstrating the importance of protecting existing resident screening practices. So we are asking you to share your experiences to complement NAA’s formal industry comments to these regulatory agencies.

How to Share Your Screening Stories with NAA:

Once you have your screening story ready to share, please send it to us by May 11 by following the prompts here. 

Telling Your Screening Story:It can sometimes be difficult finding a starting point, here are some ideas that might help:

  • Why resident screening is important to keeping costs in check and increasing affordability.
  • How a crime against employees or residents or significant property damage could have been avoided or prevented if state or local law didn’t prevent evaluating an applicant’s criminal history.  
  • Why eviction history screening is important in evaluating a prospective resident to mitigate future issues with nonpayment of rent and litigating an eviction.
  • Why screening is critical to reduce the risk of “synthetic fraud” by uncovering a synthetically established identity that was not actually the prospective resident.

Thank you in advance for your participation and assistance. For questions on crafting your story, please contact Seth TurnerSr. Manager of Grassroots Advocacy & Stakeholder Engagement.