How far in the past may a landlord considerregarding a criminal background check?

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How far in the past may a landlord considerregarding a criminal background check?

I have no felonies, and nothing in the past 12 years. Prior, I have misdemeanor 4 indecent exposures. Is the limit 7 years in background checks in TX?

Asked on August 15, 2011 Texas

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

A potential landlord can go as far back in one's past as he or she may desire concerning a person's criminal background check for evaluating an applicant for a rental. The length of time varies according to the goals, custom and pracrices if each individual landlord or property management company.

Landlords have a duty to make sure that potential applicants for a rental are not a safety risk to exisiting tenants in a complex as well as the landlord and this is one of the reasons for a criminal background check of an applicant.

Likewise, if a possible tenant is required to be a registered sex offender, the landlord if accepting the application would be under an obligation to make sure that the applicant registers timely at the new rental as a condition of the written lease.


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