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jxy

Junior Member
What is the name of your state? CA

My wife and I have recently filled out a very lengthy rental application that contains our SSN, DOB, driver's license #, bank accounts, employment history, past residence, etc. The landlord decided not to rent the place to us, so we ask for the return of our application but he refused. We are worry about the consequences of our personal information getting into the wrong hands. Does the landlord have the right to keep our applications? Or do we have any legal ground to ask for the return of our applications? Why is he so adament about keeping our applications when we asked him so many times to return them to us? Thanks in advance for your advice.
 


I AM ALWAYS LIABLE

Senior Member
jxy said:
What is the name of your state? CA

My wife and I have recently filled out a very lengthy rental application that contains our SSN, DOB, driver's license #, bank accounts, employment history, past residence, etc. The landlord decided not to rent the place to us, so we ask for the return of our application but he refused. We are worry about the consequences of our personal information getting into the wrong hands. Does the landlord have the right to keep our applications? Or do we have any legal ground to ask for the return of our applications? Why is he so adament about keeping our applications when we asked him so many times to return them to us? Thanks in advance for your advice.

My response:

First of all, the application doesn't belong to you. Second, he needs that application to be able to prove any potential allegations that he did not discriminate against you, or deny you a rental based upon any other Federal or State laws that you might allege.

In short, the application is his property, and you gave your information freely. You didn't have to fill out the application, and no one was holding a gun to your head to do so. You could have walked away.

IAAL
 

jxy

Junior Member
Thanks, IAAL!

Guess that makes sense, but it would be nice to see a clause on the rental application where the LL would sign for non-disclosure. Thanks, IAAL!
 

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