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Oakland City Council Bans Tenant Criminal Background Checks

Chris Menahan
Information Liberation [1]
January 24, 2020

You ain’t never seen “progress” like this before!

This video report from KPIX 5 is a doozy:

From Mercury News, “Oakland votes to bar landlords from conducting background checks” [2]:

Oakland has moved to become the first city in the state to ban landlords from investigating the criminal history of renters applying for both public and private housing.

The Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, which the City Council passed unanimously Tuesday evening, will prohibit landlords from rejecting a potential tenant because of a prior criminal conviction. Landlords will not be allowed to ask about an applicant’s criminal history, or require the applicant to disclose it through a background check.

[…] The city will be able to fine landlords up to $1,000 for each violation of the Oakland ordinance.

Maybe a good slogan to fight back against this measure in other leftist cities could be: “My property, my choice!”