June 29, 2022 — Issue Brief

Today, to rent an apartment or nail down a job, you almost always have to pass a background check. About 94% of employers and 90% of landlords run criminal background checks, and about 85% of landlords review eviction information. Many landlords and employers purchase reports containing criminal and eviction records information from specialized tenant and employment screening companies, which often scrape information from online court databases or buy the information from a third-party data broker or vendor.