The New York City Council approved a bill restricting landlords from utilizing criminal records as a screening criterion for tenants. Advocates argue that background checks disproportionately penalize individuals who have completed their sentences or may have faced unjust treatment within the criminal justice system.
If signed into law, effective 2025, landlords will be prohibited from rejecting tenants based on a majority of older convictions.
The initial proposal for the Fair Chance for Housing Act aimed to prohibit all tenant criminal background checks, sparking resistance from property owners.
The bill was then revised to align with the amendments made under The Clean Slate Act, permitting the sealing of certain criminal records for individuals maintaining a clean record for a specific amount of time.
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