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Tenant Screening Reports are Plagued with Mistakes

The Real Deal: By Nisha Shetty | Research By Jay Young

Claudinne Feliciano was probably the unluckiest winner of New York City’s housing lottery.

In July 2015, she was selected for an affordable apartment at Hunter’s Point South Commons, a city-backed development in Queens. But instead of getting a new, rent-stabilized unit on the Long Island City waterfront, she ended up moving back in with her parents.

The problem traced back a year, when Feliciano’s landlord in Flatiron alleged in housing court that she owed rent and legal fees of nearly $5,100. The landlord then learned Feliciano had paid, and discontinued the case a week after filing it.

The matter should have ended there. It didn’t.

Corelogic Rental Property Solutions, a company which sells tenant screening reports to landlords, told Hunter’s Point about the case, but not how it turned out. As a result, her application was rejected. It happened again when she sought another apartment in Rego Park. Out of options, she returned to her parents’ home in Rockland County.

Feliciano’s story isn’t unusual. Mistakes by reporting agencies disrupt countless rental and mortgage applications.

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