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We abide by Federal, State, and Local laws in regards to Criminal Background checks for housing eligibility.  Certain Federal and State programs require review for certain criminal history such as Dangerous Sex Offenders for Admission to Public Housing (42 U.S.C. Sec. 13663(a)) and Ineligibility of Individuals Convicted for Manufacturing Methamphetamine on Premises of Federally Assisted Housing for Admission to Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs (24 C.F.R. Sec. 982.553). If you are an applicant, you will be advised in advance of the criminal history sought, a request for written consent to check that criminal history, and, if you object, an opportunity to withdraw the rental application.  Additionally, while the criminal background may be obtained at the same as the rental and credit check, criminal history, if any, will not be reviewed or utilized in the application process until it is first determined whether the applicant satisfies eligibility criteria other than criminal background and a conditional rental agreement is provided accepting the application pending review of criminal background.

Oakland Housing and Community Development Department Fair Chance Ordinance Notice

To download a copy of the full notice, click here.
To download a copy of the City of Oakland postcard in English, Spanish and Chinese, click here.