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NYC bill preventing landlords from performing
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Posted By: FlyRight, 11/27/2022 5:24:11 AM

A new law being seriously considered by lawmakers in New York City could strip landlords of the ability to perform criminal background checks on prospective tenants. The legislation, known as the "Fair Chance for Housing Act", is set to go before the New York City Council’s Committee on Civil Rights on December 8th and is being backed by at least 30 of the council’s 51 members, New York Post reported. In addition to being supported by a significant number of lawmakers, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has suggested he is open to working with lawmakers on the proposal.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Captleemo 11/27/2022 5:35:29 AM (No. 1343115)
And to think New York was once known as the Empire State. Now its the woke state
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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley 11/27/2022 6:00:31 AM (No. 1343120)
Some years back I had an employee who owned several rental houses. The repair costs after people moved out pretty well wiped out any profit he made on the rent. He wanted to die a millionaire. I dont think he broke even. If he couldn't exclude known crooks it would have been far worse. Its no wonder there are so few rental properties around and what few there are cost like crazy.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: law428 11/27/2022 6:08:46 AM (No. 1343125)
You don't have a right to know if you're hiring a trustworthy person or not! Who do you think you are? Criminals should have basic access to your stuff and what you've worked hard to achieve. Our society is being dismantled at the core and it ain't over, yet!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: SkeezerMcGee 11/27/2022 6:12:44 AM (No. 1343127)
OUTRAGEOUS! A government proposing to prevent landlords from viewing these public records. To be enforceable such a law would have to apply to anyone who aids a landlord regarding such searches, including, if they exist, businesses that perform such searches on behalf of landlords.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Msquared112 11/27/2022 6:32:29 AM (No. 1343131)
This sounds like the same kind of thinking that caused the bank crash a while back. It was caused by not vetting borrowers due to “racism”. When borrowers couldn’t pay the loans back, the banks had a serious problem. In typical liberal fashion, proving the adage about what insanity is, the Left are doing the same thing preventing landlords from vetting tenants. It will have the same result, only worse. Landlords will sell their properties, the gov’t will take them over, and the property value will plummet. SOS, different year.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: F15 Gork 11/27/2022 6:33:41 AM (No. 1343133)
Government control of all housing......coming soon to a neighborhood near you.......
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Reply 7 - Posted by: privateer 11/27/2022 6:48:46 AM (No. 1343140)
Sportin' Life feels a special kinship with the criminal element.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Californian 11/27/2022 7:52:59 AM (No. 1343161)
It's what the locals voted in to office. Thankfully a local problem.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: philsner 11/27/2022 8:05:37 AM (No. 1343167)
Who would want to be a landlord in NY?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: hisself 11/27/2022 8:07:55 AM (No. 1343170)
What could possibly go wrong?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: padiva 11/27/2022 8:22:11 AM (No. 1343178)
Great idea! Let the child predators live near children.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Kafka2 11/27/2022 8:22:28 AM (No. 1343179)
Another law protecting the criminal while removing protection for the victims of crime. Just think, the criminals do not have to gain access to the apartment building, they are already inside. This added to the catch and release policy will make NYC more of a living hell.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 11/27/2022 8:31:33 AM (No. 1343185)
Over the years, I've known many people who owned rental properties, and to a person, they've all told me it isn't worth it. Every one eventually sold their rentals. One even told me, "all it takes is one bad tenant, and you want out of it."
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Heil Liberals 11/27/2022 8:32:16 AM (No. 1343186)
I read this, have a tinge of outrage, then remember that the people who live in these cities vote for their own misery. I have no sympathy for them at all.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: mifla 11/27/2022 8:41:24 AM (No. 1343192)
How would you like to be the parent of small children and find out that a convicted sexual predator just moved into the apartment next door.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 11/27/2022 8:58:21 AM (No. 1343206)
Dems, making sure that one of their main constituencies, career criminals, aren't inconvenienced for being criminals. Dems love criminals and crime. And yet people seem to vote for them.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 11/27/2022 9:12:55 AM (No. 1343221)
ok fine. So landlords, double the rent then and require three month's rent deposit and damage deposit up front.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: udanja99 11/27/2022 9:18:12 AM (No. 1343226)
Leftists truly are suicidal. Have at it, guys.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Lawsy0 11/27/2022 9:28:35 AM (No. 1343232)
So happily do I live here in Fly-Over country that I am not jealous in the least. But when the lame liberals decided to ruin America, they started the ruination on the east coast and on the west coast simultaneously. Liberals have had this campaign of hatred toward our founding since the close of the first world war. Cut to the chase? They despise God AND our founders--who while not particularly Christian, revered the God of the Bible. William Jefferson Clinton (#42), who is much adored by the left, did say that there are two governments in Washington. He further mentioned that of one of the two, he knew nothing. I think his wife know much about the ''other'' one. Remember Rush Limbaugh's fateful words about any liberal agenda? ''How can we fool 'em today?''
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Reply 20 - Posted by: NorthernDog 11/27/2022 9:29:55 AM (No. 1343233)
''Hey honey - have you met our new neighbor? His name is Jeffrey - Jeffrey Dahmer. He wants to have us for dinner some time''.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: planetgeo 11/27/2022 9:51:27 AM (No. 1343254)
Every Democrat-run city is in effect a "criminal sanctuary city."
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Zigrid 11/27/2022 9:56:10 AM (No. 1343258)
Time to think about what New York could do to stop the people from leaving the city....this won't do's time for all property owners to call it quits and leave for parts in the's all about votes...the democrats will give the misfits anything to get their votes....ny husband and I owned several income properties in became I,possible to keep up with repairs and sold all the buildings and moved into a one family a good and safe neighborhood...and then came governmental busing...another step into making children pawns for their madness...
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Right Time 11/27/2022 10:02:17 AM (No. 1343267)
If landlords are prohibited from checking the criminal histories of prospective tenants, then they should refuse to rent any property to politicians and members of the City Council because you can just be sure that they are all criminals.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 11/27/2022 10:07:25 AM (No. 1343277)
Criminal background checks are worthless now that most criminals are ever convicted of their crimes. Better to check social media.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Toodles3956 11/27/2022 10:12:56 AM (No. 1343284)
Every day we lose more freedoms from this administration. We all complain but truth be told, there isn't enough patriots brave enough to take the country back.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Strike3 11/27/2022 10:15:25 AM (No. 1343288)
Maybe the landlords can resort to checking something a little more obvious, like appearance and usage of the English language, or what passes for English in New York. The criminals already own the streets, the parks and the stores, why not the apartment buildings as well? Peacock Adams does not have a clue what havoc this policy would create.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: pensom2 11/27/2022 10:18:04 AM (No. 1343290)
Similar to some who have posted above, I have a friend whose company owns some 400 newly-constructed rental properties, including a substantial number of low-income housing units. A year ago, he reported that he was over $1 million in the hole by reason of the CDC's eviction moratorium on renters during the Covid crisis.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: paral04 11/27/2022 10:18:14 AM (No. 1343292)
Time to take apartments condo. What destructive criminals theses so called leaders are. Exactly, what is their goal?
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Strike3 11/27/2022 10:22:42 AM (No. 1343295)
51 members on city council. Can you imagine what a screeching bedlam scenario the meetings must be? You couldn't pay me to live there.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Ronaldus Magnus 11/27/2022 10:48:34 AM (No. 1343307)
I can see landlords reviewing a prospective tenant's social media pages for an idea of just who they are, who their 'friends' are, and so on. Also, I just remembered a great technique for job interviews that applies to this situation. When a possible new renter completes the application and/or tour, make sure to walk them out to their car, and look inside the car to see how they live and take care of things. I admit it is not full proof, but it could be helpful. If they do not have a car, find a way to drop by their current house / apartment. 'Just happened to be in the neighborhood' excuse to see how they treat their current place. I like the idea of a much larger deposit, and 3 or more months rent up front. It could assist with the deadbeat renters who manage to pay the first month's rent, even perhaps a deposit, and never pay another dime. In places like Kalifornia, where evil landlords {property owners) have few rights, I have read over and over how hard and expensive it is to evict people. So many judges will side with the 'poor' renter, and extend the time the deadbeats can occupy a property without paying anything before eviction. I did witness one Kalifornia landlord actually go to court and receive a judgment for unpaid rent. This landlord obtained the right to take funds out of the deadbeat's bank account. So, since the deadbeat did not always have funds in the account, the landlord would access the account at different times each month, and was able to obtain a fair amount of what was owed.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: wilarrbie 11/27/2022 10:58:43 AM (No. 1343316)
That should toss the over-reaching catchall landlord lawsuits based on coulda, shoulda known about potential harms caused by their tenants.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: leonardo 11/27/2022 12:43:44 PM (No. 1343412)
VOTERS elect legislators. Vote for an “arse” and that’s the legislation you’ii get … no surprise.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: ronniethek 11/27/2022 12:44:49 PM (No. 1343413)
Voters clearly want this.. Screw 'em.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: stablemoney 11/27/2022 1:25:33 PM (No. 1343451)
Sure, why would anyone want to discriminate against murderers, rapists, thieves, and violent people? Why would anyone want to discriminate against anyone that can't pay?
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Reply 35 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab 11/27/2022 2:13:44 PM (No. 1343482)
John Carpenter made a prophetic movie about this, with Kurt Russel
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Reply 36 - Posted by: John Farson 11/27/2022 6:13:58 PM (No. 1343603)
There is a day coming and it won’t be long when there will only be two types of people living in New York City. Thugs and woke Democrats.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: Robert Jones 11/27/2022 6:16:48 PM (No. 1343605)
Great! When will honest law abiding citizens get the respect they deserve? It would be nice if everyone were honest and pulled his own weight. Meanwhile deadbeats and criminals have all the protections. Small wonder people are becoming more irresponsible by the day.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel 11/27/2022 6:52:33 PM (No. 1343619)
Well let's see. Don't rent to a guy with ink teardrops from the corner of his eye or a neck tat that looks to be the work of his last "roomie". Don't rent to a woman with four kids who obviously don't have the same Daddy. When I was a kid, my neighborhood ice cream store had a sign on the wall reading, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone". What happened to property rights?
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Reply 39 - Posted by: RWPollock 11/28/2022 5:52:20 AM (No. 1343837)
How stupid....when you think liberals cannot get dumber they manage to do so.
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Reply 40 - Posted by: MickTurn 11/28/2022 9:31:32 AM (No. 1344027)
Well you New Jerkers are getting just what you voted for, Happy Now?
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