Thousands of job applicants have filed class action lawsuits, claiming the Defendant Employers’ Authorization forms are invalid because the forms contain extraneous information.
POE believes it may be only a matter of time before property owners and managers are presented with the same legal challenge.
Accordingly, POE has revised our Resident Consumer Report Authorization and we have created a new Resident Consumer Report Disclosure.
POE recommends that our multi-family housing and property management clients take a pro-active stance, and begin using the revised Authorization and the newly created Disclosure, immediately.
The addition of the resident related Disclosure allows us to remove extraneous information from the Authorization regarding, among other things:
- release of liability
- applicant admission that the applicant has not knowingly withheld any information
- the application does not create a leasing contract
- the applicant waives the receipt of a copy of any public record
The Authorization must be signed by each applicant and retained by you. The Disclosure does not have to be signed by the applicant.
The Disclosure and the federal notice entitled A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act must be provided to every applicant.
Let’s not wait until we too are part of class action lawsuits.
Click Here to download forms – Resident Consumer Report Authorization & Disclosure and A Summary of your Rights