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The White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) continue to take steps toward their commitments to protecting renters as well as lowering housing costs and boosting supply.

Focusing on ensuring fair tenant screening practices, HUD, the Department of Agriculture, and three independent agencies—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency—will each release guidance or best practices to landlords, operators, and stakeholders who rely on tenant screening reports when evaluation rental applications.

As part of that, HUD is sharing with public housing agencies and property owners best practices for informing rejected applicants about why they were turned down. This will help make the rental screening process more transparent and give renters a better ability to correct errors.

The agency also is supporting renters by providing $10 million for tenant education and outreach in properties supported by the Section 8 project-based rental assistance program. In addition, it announced that it will soon issue a proposed rule addressing notification requirements for evictions due to nonpayment in certain subsidized housing properties. In public housing or properties with project-based rental assistance, providers would need to give written notification to tenants at least 30 days prior to lease termination in cases of nonpayment of rent.

“We must provide renters with the necessary resources to safeguard their interests and enhance their communication with landlords,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “HUD is dedicated to collaborating with renters and ensuring they are well informed about their rights.”

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