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Is it illegal to lie on a rental application about a criminal record?

Stuart P Gelberg
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It may not be illegal but it is grounds to evict

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/18/2013

Answer By Ronald D. Dessy

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It is not illegal to lie on a rental application unless your signatures under penalty of perjury. It may, however, serve as the basis for an eviction.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/12/2013

Harper Law Offices, Inc. P.S.
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It is probably not illegal, but you should be aware that most rental agreements and leases often provide clauses that state that if any information you provided on your application turns out to be false, your tenancy may be terminated. You should be upfront and honest on your applications submitted and if you think you need to explain something, do so. No one likes to be lied to, especially in business. Landlords want to know who they are renting to, and tenants often are angry when a landlord failed to tell them something about the rental unit too. The best policy for both sides is always be honest.

Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/12/2013

Answer By George H. Shers

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It would not result in any criminal charges. It probably would justify the landlord's termination of your lease.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/12/2013

Peters Law, PLLC
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It is not illegal if it is not notarized. It may be dumb because the landlord may do a background check and find it anyway.

Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 8/12/2013

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