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Tenant Screening and Fair Housing Law in the Information Age

Author: Anna Reosti

This project contains two extensions of a larger study of tenant screening and fair housing law in the information age. The first extension investigates the costs of housing searches for renters with criminal conviction records, past evictions and/or damaged credit histories. Findings highlight the significant economic, social and health-related costs associated not only with the substandard housing options that renters with stigmatizing background records are relegated to, but with the housing search process itself. Another collaborative project, with coauthor Kyle Crowder (University of Washington) explores how landlords in Seattle understand and adapt to new regulations, using in-depth interviews, focus groups and a large-scale survey conducted during the lead-up to, and following the enactment of, multiple laws governing tenant screening and move-in fees. It investigates the less-visible ways landlords shape the meaning and effects of new laws through their ground-level practices.

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