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SB 6413: Relating to tenant screening, evictions, and refunds under the residential landlord-tenant act

HB 6413 amends current state so that prior to obtaining any information about a prospective tenant, a prospective landlord shall notify a tenant in writing or posting whether they will accept a comprehensive reusable tenant screening report made available to the landlord by a consumer reporting agency. If the landlord indicates a willingness to do so, landlords may access a tenant screening report so long as the prospective tenant is not charged for the screening report. The bill would also require any landlord who maintains a website advertising the rental of a dwelling unit must include a statement as to whether they will accept the comprehensive reusable tenant screening report. The bill also strikes outdated language related to a stakeholder work group that explored the idea of a portable screening report. The bill also amends current statute to allow tenants 21 days (rather than 14, as stated in current statute) in which to provide a specific statement of the basis for retaining any of the deposit.

Judiciary Committee amendment: Provides that the consumer credit report contained within a “comprehensive reusable tenant screening report” is prepared by a consumer reporting agency and not necessarily one of the national credit bureaus.