New York City is currently considering legislation that would make it an unlawful and discriminatory practice for housing providers to do background checks or inquire about arrest or conviction record information at any stage in the application process, or to deny or take adverse action on the basis of an arrest or conviction record.
Proponents of the act are seeking to eliminate housing providers' use of background checks to protect people with conviction records from discrimination.
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Read more here: NYC Considers Prohibiting Criminal Background Checks on Prospective Tenants | ERS News Blog | Thomas Ahearn