What Is the Tenant Blacklist?

Tenants named in Housing Court hold- over and nonpayment proceedings end up on what is called the “tenant black- list.” The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) sells Housing Court data to tenant screening companies. These companies use this data to make reports about tenants. Landlords then use the reports to decide whether to rent to you. Most landlords will not rent to you if you have ever been in Housing Court. If your name appears in the Housing Court’s database, it can be difficult to find a new rental in New York City and other cities across the country.

How Tenant Blacklisting Works

The OCA sells data about eviction cases brought in the New York City Housing Court to “tenant screening bureaus” (TSBs).

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