Status Summary

HB 2537 was referred to the House Appropriations Committee but has not been scheduled for a hearing.

Legislative Session

2014

Sponsor

Representative Robinson

HB 2537 is a companion bill (same as) to SB 6291

Substitute bill: SHB 2537 states that a landlord may still obtain, but may not charge for the cost of obtaining, a subsequent tenant screening report if a comprehensive screening report prepared within 30 days of the application date is made available to the landlord by a consumer reporting agency.

The language creating the stakeholder work group, and requiring recommendations, is stricken.

SHB 2537 changes the definition of "comprehensive screening report" to require the following additional elements: 1) a consumer report that includes consumer reporting agency contact information in or on the report from which a prospective landlord may obtain, at no charge, requested verifications of the prospective tenant's name and the most recent screening date; 2) a report that includes a sex offender search, and a search of the United States Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list; 3) a report containing the prospective tenant's employment verification; and 4) a report containing the prospective tenant's previous address history, if not included already in the report from the consumer reporting agency.

In addition, the definition of "tenant screening report" is amended in the substitute bill to require the inclusion of tenant screening service contact information. The substitute bill provides that it is when a consumer reporting agency, rather than the prospective tenant, makes available a comprehensive screening report prepared within 30 days of application that a landlord is precluded from charging for a subsequent tenant screening report.