Residential lease agreement information for California landlords
Here’s some new information that California landlords should be aware of that relates to the California Civil Code 1786.16. Under this code, a residential landlord has an obligation to provide a copy of any report they receive within 3 days of receipt if the consumer checks the box. Under the law, a landlord may contract with another entity, such as ScreeningWorks, a service of RentGrow, Inc., to provide a copy of the report on their behalf.
Here’s a sample of the language that ScreeningWorks posted on our website and is passing along to our customers: California landlords should add the following language to their residential rental applications: “California applicants or residents only: Please check this box if you would like to receive a copy of an investigative consumer report or consumer credit report at no charge if one is obtained by the Landlord whenever you have a right to receive such a copy under California law. [ ] Check off box “
As with any legal changes you make to your residential lease agreements and applications, you should always check with your lawyer.