Is it illegal to lie on a rental application about a criminal record? 5 Answers as of August 19, 2013

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Stuart P Gelberg
Stuart P Gelberg | Stuart P Gelberg
It may not be illegal but it is grounds to evict
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/19/2013
Dessy & Dessy, a Professional Corporation | Ronald D. Dessy
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.
Harper Law Offices, Inc. P.S. | Joseph T. G. Harper
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
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
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
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
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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