On Friday, August 18 at 10:00 am, AOBA will host a training on the implementation of the “Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act of 2016” law with the Office of Human Rights (OHR), the agency charged with administering the law and ensuring awareness of the law through a public education campaign. The compliance training will be held at AOBA’s new office, 1025 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 1005, Washington, DC.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2017, the “Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act of 2016” will take effect. It prohibits a housing provider from considering an applicant’s arrest record during the application process and restricts a housing provider’s inquiry into an applicant’s prior convictions until after a conditional offer of housing.
As a reminder, crimes committed more than seven years prior to the application may not be considered and neither can arrests that did not result in a conviction. This law also lists 45 crimes that can be considered including murder in the first degree, arson, burglary, sexual assault, and aggravated assault. With this law, a housing provider will be required to address a list of factors such as the nature of the offense and the age of the applicant when the crime was committed when considering certain portions of an applicant’s criminal background.
To RSVP for the training, please contact Kirsten Williams via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (202) 296-3390.