“At a time when the focus should be on adding much-needed supply to the country’s housing market, it is disappointing that the committee has instead chosen to pursue a fault-finding mission,” said Kristi DesJarlais , a spokeswoman.
Siegel, in a statement, said he was surprised by the report, adding that he “has always been committed to complying with the letter and the spirit of the law.”
The committee also reviewed the eviction practices of Pretium Partners, another large operator of single-family rental homes, and Ventron Management, which operates 8,000 apartments in 26 states. Pretium said in a statement that it has complied with the federal moratorium and that no resident covered by it “has ever been evicted from our homes for non-payment of rent.”
Ventron could not immediately be reached for comment.
Eviction moratoriums have been widely credited with preventing millions of people from losing their homes during the pandemic. But they often haven’t stopped landlords from taking eviction action during the pandemic, a practice that gave some landlords the ability to move quickly to evict tenants once the federal moratorium ended last fall. .
The deposits created another problem for tenants as they often left a permanent mark on a court record which could be used against them in the future. Sometimes referred to as “Scarlet E”, simply filing an eviction action against someone can sometimes be used by landlords as grounds for refusing to rent to them, even if the action has been dismissed.
Some states have sought to address this issue by sealing eviction actions filed during the pandemic.