WOW: California City Becomes First to Ban Background Checks on Rental Housing and Apartments

You read the title right. This might be one of the most absurd things that we’ve ever reported here at The DC Patriot.

I grew up as my parents owned rental properties like duplexes, and rent houses. I can’t imagine my parents not being able to do background checks on who they rented to, this is absolutely insane.

Oakland became the first city in California to ban criminal background checks in most housing applications for private and other rental units under a measure adopted by the City Council on Tuesday.

I’m not honestly sure if there is anyone else in another state that’s dumb enough to have banned these, so this may very well be the first time in the nation’s history. It’s also once again liberal California protecting the rights of criminals over law abiding citizens.

The council unanimously passed a “fair chance housing” ordinance that bars landlords from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants. The Berkeley City Council is expected to vote on a similar measure in February.

“This ordinance is about making sure returning community members have equal opportunities they deserve to successfully reintegrate into our community, and this begins with a roof over your head,” said Councilwoman Nikki Fortunato Bas, a co-sponsor of the measure.

You can read more from our friends over at the San Francisco Chronicle.

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