Tenant Screening Algorithms: Policy Intervention

November 30, 2023
Annabella Vidrio

Tenant screening algorithms are a form of technology intended to provide quick and reliable background checks of potential tenants for landlords and management companies. In most landlord guides, the use of the tenant screening algorithms is deemed an essential part of the approval process and has become widespread in the rental industry. However, because of a high stakes rental market, the use of these tools may further restrict access for populations who already face housing challenges related to affordability and limited supply. In order to provide a more equitable housing application process, this memo finds that the unreliability of tenant screening algorithms warrants a change in policy toward restricting information included in screening reports.

By: Annabella Vidrio, BA Gender & Health, BFA Dance

Community Partner: Detroit Action