Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C., recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida man against SafeRent Solutions LLC, formerly known as Corelogic Rental Property Solutions (“SafeRent”) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleging the company violated the U.S. Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).
According to the complaint in the lawsuit, SafeRent has been reporting derogatory and inaccurate statements and information regarding our client and his credit history to third parties. The inaccurate information includes a false criminal history and personal identifying information.
Specifically, the inaccurate information includes, but is not limited to, a conviction for driving under the influence, which does not belong to our client. Instead, it belongs to another individual who has a similar name as our client.
Because of SafeRent’s alleged misconduct, our client has been denied housing opportunities, including but not limited to housing opportunities in March 2022. Our client was informed that the basis for these denials was the inaccurate information that appears on his consumer reports from SafeRent, and that the inaccurate information was a substantial factor for those denials.
The complaint alleges SafeRent violated the FCRA by failing to follow reasonable procedures to assure the maximum possible accuracy of the information it reported about our client, which led to the company mixing our client’s consumer report with that of at least one other consumer’s report, resulting in his consumer report containing an inaccurate criminal history. Had SafeRent followed these procedures, it wouldn’t have mixed these consumer reports.
“The inaccurate consumer report prepared by SafeRent negatively reflects upon our client by misidentifying him as an individual with a criminal record,” said Siobhán McGreal, a lawyer at Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C. “What’s worse, because few landlords are willing to sign a lease with a person with a criminal record, SafeRent’s inaccurate consumer report significantly jeopardizes our client’s ability to find safe and reliable housing.”
As a result of SafeRent’s alleged misconduct, our client has suffered actual damages in the form of denied housing opportunities, harm to reputation, and emotional distress, including anxiety, frustration, humiliation, and embarrassment.
The relief our client is seeking in the lawsuit includes, among other things, actual damages, statutory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.
If your consumer report or tenant background check contains inaccurate information about you, you may be able to recover damages against the credit reporting agency that created it. If you do so, the credit reporting agency may also be required to pay your attorneys’ fees and costs.
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