A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

A Summary of Your Rights Under
the Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Federal fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is designed to promote accuracy, fairness, and privacy
of information in the files of every "consumer reporting agency" (CRA). Most CRAs are credit
bureaus that gather and sell information about you--such as if you pay your bills on time or have
filed bankruptcy--to creditors, employers, landlords, and other businesses. You can find the complete
text of the FCRA, 15 U.S.C. 1681-J 681 u, at the Federal Trade Commission's web site (http://
www.ftc.gov). The FCRA gives you specific rights, as outlined below. You may have additional rights
under state law. You may contact a state or local consumer protection agency or a state attorney
general to learn those rights.

• You must be told if information in your file has been used against you. Anyone who uses
information from a CRA to take action against you--such as denying an application for credit,
insurance, or employment--must tell you, and give you the name, address, and phone number of
the CRA that provided the consumer report.

• You can find out what is in your file. At your request, a CRA must give you the information in
your file, and a list of everyone who has requested it recently. There is no charge for the report if a
person has taken action against you because of information supplied by the CRA, if you request the
report within 60 days of receiving notice of the action. You also are entitled to one free report eve1y
12 months upon request if you certify that ( l) you are unemployed and plan to seek employment
within 60 days, (2) you are on welfare, or (3) your rep01t is inaccurate due to fraud. Otherwise, a
CRA may charge you up to $8.00.

• You can dispute inaccurate information with the CRA. If you tell a CRA that your file contains
inaccurate infom1ation, the CRA must investigate the items (usually within 30 days) by presenting to
its information source all relevant evidence you submit, unless your dispute is frivolous. The source
must review your evidence and report its findings to the CRA. (The source also must advise national
CRAs - to which it has provided the data - of any error.) The CRA must give you a written report of
the investigation, and a copy of your report if the investigation results in any change. If the CRAs
investigation does not resolve the dispute, you may add a brief statement to your file. The CRA must
normally include a summa1y of your statement in future reports. If an item is deleted or a dispute
statement is filed, you may ask that anyone who has recently received your report be notified of the
change.

• Inaccurate information must be corrected or deleted. A CRA must remove or connect
inaccurate or unverified information from its files, usually within 30 days after you dispute it.
However, the CRA is not required to remove accurate data from your file unless it is outdated (as
described below) or cannot be verified. If your dispute results in any change to your report, the CRA
cannot reinsert into your file a disputed item unless the information source verifies its accuracy and
completeness. In addition, the CRA must give you a written notice telling you it has reinstated the
item. The notice must include the name, address, and phone number of the information source.

• You can dispute inaccurate items with the source of the information. If you tell anyone--such
as a creditor who reports to a CRA--that you dispute an item, they may not then report the
information to a CRA without including a notice of your dispute. In addition, once you have notified
the source of the error in writing, it may not continue to rcp01t the information if it is, in fact, an
error.

• Outdated information may not be reported. In most c:iscs, a CRA may not report
negative information that is more than 7 years old; IO years for bankruptcies

• Access to your file is limited. A CRA may provide inform<1tion about you only to people with a need recognized by the FCRA--usually to consider in application with a creditor. insurer, employer, landlord, or other business. • Your consent is required for reports that are provided to employers, or reports that contain medical information. A CRA may not give out information about you to your employer, or perspective employer, without your written consent. A CRA may not report medical information about you to creditors, insurers, or employers without your pern1issio11. You may choose to exclude your name from CRA lists fo1· unsolicited credit and insurance offers. Creditors and insurers may use file information as the basis for sending you unsolicited offers of credit or insurance. Such offers must include a toll-free phone number for you to call if you want your name and add or removed from future lists. If you call, you must be kept off the lists for 2 years. If you request, complete, and return the CRA fom1 provided for this pu1vose, you must be taken off the lists indefinitely. • You may seek damages from violators. If a CRA, a user or (in some cases) a provider of CRA data, violates the FCRA, you may sue them in State or Federal court. The FCRA gives several different Federal agencies authority to enforce the FCRA:

Tenant

Tenant

PLEASE BE ADVISED THE LANDLORD USES THE FOLLOWING CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES

EXPERIAN - 701 Experian Parkway, Allen, TX 75013 {888) 397-3742
www.experian.com/reportaccess

TRANS UNION - PO Box 1000, Chester, PA 19022 (800) 888-4213
www.transunion.com

CSC EQUIFAX - PO Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374 (800) 685-1111
www.eguifax.com

CONSUMERS ARE ENTITLED TO ONE FREE TENANT SCREENING REPORT FROM EACH CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCY ANNUALLY AND MAY DISPUTE INACCURATE OR INCORRECT INFORMATION CONTAINED IN SUCH TENANT SCREENING REPORT DIRECTLY WITH THE CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCY.