Obama administration threatens landlords who screen tenants for felonies

Is Barack Obama focused on protecting the American people?
Is Barack Obama focused on protecting the American people?

Amazing article about the pro-criminal Democrats, from Investors Business Daily.


The Obama administration has just made it easier for felons to move in next door. Landlords who don’t want tenants who are going to mug their neighbors or deal drugs will now be treated as racists and potentially sued.

Last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued new guidelines to landlords, warning that bans against renters with criminal convictions violate the Fair Housing Act because they disproportionately affect minorities.

In effect, the Obama regime is now outlawing criminal background checks for apartment rentals, even though such screening is critical for the protection and security of tenants and property, and serves a legitimate business need.

In a newly released 10-page missive, HUD warns landlords they can be held liable for discrimination if they deny housing over criminal records.

“HUD will use the full force of the law to protect the fair housing rights of folks who’ve been arrested or who’re returning to their communities after serving time in jail or prison,” HUD Secretary Julian Castro warned.

By “full force,” he means the “disparate impact” theory of civil-rights enforcement, which HUD claims is written into the Fair Housing Act even though the phrase appears nowhere in the statute.

Disparate impact holds businesses liable for colorblind policies and practices that may have adverse outcomes for minorities — in this case, screening all apartment applicants for criminal histories. It doesn’t matter if there is zero intent to discriminate in carrying out such polices. The policies will be condemned as racist regardless.

This isn’t surprising, because the Obama administration has a long history of favoring criminals’ rights over the rights of law-abiding taxpayers.

Consider these numbers from CNS News.

They write:

According to weekly detention and departure reports from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, there were 167,527 non-detained convicted criminal aliens in the United States as of Jan. 26 of this year, a congressional hearing revealed Thursday.

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah.) read the statistic aloud Thursday durin a hearing examining ICE’s priorities and procedures for removing criminal aliens currently living in the United States.

“In that report, it said that there are 167,527 non-detained, final-order convicted criminals on the loose in the United States,” Chaffetz pointed out while questioning ICE Director Sarah Saldana.“These are people that are here illegally, get caught, convicted, and you release back out into the public,” he said, adding that some of the crimes committed by those who have been released include homicide, sex crimes, child pornography, drunk driving, robbery and kidnapping.

The federal government announced Wednesday that ICE had released about 30,000 convicted criminal aliens from ICE custody in 2014 alone, according to The Washington Times, which first reported the statistic.

Meanwhile, the Washington Times reports on some criminals who were amnestied by Obama’s executive action.


Nearly two dozen of the illegal immigrants picked up in a nationwide sweep for criminal aliens earlier this month had previously been approved for President Obama’s deportation amnesty, the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday.

All 23 were part of Mr. Obama’s original program for so-called Dreamers, which began in 2012 and which had granted tentative legal legal status to nearly 640,000 as of the end of last year.

Of the 23, 15 were still actively part of the amnesty, while eight had been approved once but had not gotten their status renewed after the first two-year period expired.

[…]Homeland Security spokeswoman Marsha Catron said 14 of the 15 Dreamers who were still part of “deferred action” were convicted of their crimes after they were approved. The other one had a has a pending criminal charge but hadn’t yet been convicted or acquitted.

This is all part of the Democrat tendency to criminalize law-abiding Americans, and de-criminalizing real criminals. They think it’s better to let the guilty go free, even if the innocent are put at risk. If you want a tough on crime government policy, then you need to vote Republican.

4 thoughts on “Obama administration threatens landlords who screen tenants for felonies”

  1. HUD also last year decided it wants to “eliminate” homelessness. A policy that is still in the works will force “landlords / property management companies” to rent to the chronically homeless….even though they have evictions for not paying rent, destruction of property, threatening neighbors, openly breaking and disobeying “house rules” of a property, and many have very serious mental / emotional concerns.

    Average people wonder why “no one” is getting into property management today. It’s large conglomerates, organizations now. Fewer and fewer small local companies serving their communities now…..they cannot afford the legal departments and retaining fees of a lawyer. There once was a time when a handshake and agreement of when the rent was due / deposit was enough for the independent landlord who just owned a small apartment complex on the side. Someone was causing destruction to the property? You could call the police and get them evicted. Today, it’s a drawn out process…..even for not paying the rent………..in some cities it takes MONTHS to remove someone.

    Indirectly, because of all this red-tape, regulations, and the reigning call of being “equitable” in all things and situations has driven the rent UP.

  2. I found this to be extremely interesting. So the researcher in me decided to look at other perspectives, just to get a rounded perspective for myself.

    The NPR article seems to be from the idea that blacks and Hispanics will be discriminated against. Isn’t racism a common place anymore when blacks and Hispanics are denied anything?

    (From the article I will link)
    “But “arbitrary and overbroad” policies, as well as any that are mere pretexts to conceal discrimination, aren’t protected.
    HUD officials told NPR’s Corley that the goal is to make landlords consider: Is their policy toward criminal records about keeping a community safe?
    Or is it about keeping somebody out of a home?”

    Can we blame these landlords for being biased? Sorry, but if someone I was renting to has been convicted of arson or property damage due to being angry in a fight, I would have serious reservations. How does the landlord know if this person will not return to their old ways before prison.

    Of course, in my opinion, NPR is nothing but a written version of the democratic policies of the epic failure we call the Obama administration.

    The LA Times was a bit more balanced and wrote;
    “That doesn’t mean an individual’s criminal record can’t be taken into account by a landlord, or that a potentially dangerous tenant can’t be turned away. But under HUD’s new guidance, the landlord must consider the severity of the crime, the length of time since it was committed and must be able to “prove through reliable evidence” that the criminal history makes housing the person a risk to other tenants or the landlord’s property. Merely having an arrest record without a conviction won’t pass muster at all.”

    Note the grey area here and seems to be purposeful. This still puts the landlords at the mercy of liberals at HUD that believe an ex-con has been rehabilitated or given a second chance regardless.

    I agree that one should be forgiven of the crime they served time for. We all want forgiveness. But the human heart as Jeremiah says; is deceitfully wicked, who can know it. T

    So where do these landlord’s turn to if they rent to an ex-con and they destroy the property or cause major strife with their neighbor’s?

    So again, the Obama administration is strong arming anyone that they deem offensive, racist, and biased. Seems though, they are doing exactly what they claim others are doing.

    Isa 5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
    Isa 5:19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!
    Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
    Isa 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!



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