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CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS PROTECT TENANTS AND LANDLORDS
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Passes Rigorous Certification Process
Jones Gregg has obtained a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program verification for Mr. Robert Moore, a veteran with a service-related disability who owns Penny’s Medical Supply, Inc., in Ambridge, PA.
Criminal Background Checks Protect Tenants and Landlords
Every landlord is expected to run criminal background checks on prospective tenants in order to protect their current residents, but much more is expected of landlords leasing federally subsidized units.
On October 4, Governor Wolf signed Act 102 of 2016, cutting the mandatory separation period for a no-fault divorce in half.
Driven by her own immigration experience when she was 6 years old, Ajla Glavasevic, an associate in Jones, Gregg’s Sharon office, aims to “go the distance to help immigrants” when she runs in the September 11th Erie Marathon.
Every landlord is expected to run criminal background checks on prospective tenants in order to protect their current residents, but much more is expected of landlords leasing federally subsidized units. Because federal policy views state sex offenders as an imminent danger to other tenants, landlords renting federally subsidized housing are legally obligated to refuse tenancy to sex offenders.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Federal Housing Act, a landlord “must establish standards that prohibit admission to federally assisted housing if any member of the household is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under the State Sex Offender Registration Program.” If you are a landlord renting federally subsidized units in Pittsburgh, you’re expected to perform Pennsylvania criminal background checks on every member of the household applying for a unit, as well as background checks in other states where they “are known to have resided.”
Should an individual registered as a sex offender resume criminal activity while living in your building because you failed to run a necessary criminal background check, it could lead to tenants filing action against you. One way to ensure compliance with federal subsidized housing provisions excluding sex offenders as tenants is to develop a written policy on performing mandatory criminal background checks. Please call or email John Corcoran at (412) 261-6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how to best position yourself to protect your tenants and promote good business practices.