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Proposed Florida Law would Require Background Checks on Apartment Maintenance Workers


As Hire Image reported last month, an Orlando college student was killed by a maintenance worker at the same apartment complex she lived and worked. Her family and friends have since formed the Miya Marcano Foundation to push for more stringent apartment security standards in an effort to prevent a future tragedy. And Florida lawmakers are following suit, filing “Miya’s Law” last Friday – a law intended to improve apartment safety.

“Miya’s death is an awful tragedy – one that has put a spotlight on problems with apartment safety and security. We’ve heard too many horror stories,” Florida Sen. Linda Stewart, of Orlando, said.

If approved, the law would:

  • Require apartments to do background checks on all employees using a background screening company accredited by the Professional Background Screening Association.
  • Allow landlords to disqualify those convicted of violent or sexual crimes from employment.
  • Require apartments to create and maintain logs for keys and increase unit entry notices from 12 to 24 hours

The regular legislative session in Florida convenes on January 11, 2022. As always, Hire Image will continue to keep you updated as to whether this important piece of legislation becomes law.

Click here for the full  text of the proposed law.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your own background screening practices.

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