The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put out a new enforcement compliance bulletin  to landlords, property management companies and debt collectors reminding them of their obligations to report consumer information on rentals accurately.

"As pandemic-related government interventions aimed at protecting renters begin to expire over the coming months, the Bureau will be paying particular attention to consumer reporting agencies and furnishers' compliance with their accuracy and dispute obligations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Regulation V with respect to rental information," the CFPB said in introducing the initiative.

The CFPB noted it specifically intends to look carefully at the accuracy and dispute-handling practices of credit reporting agencies that report rental information, including whether their procedures to match information to consumers are reasonable; whether they report eviction information that is inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading (such as may result from a failure to have reasonable procedures to report information about the disposition of an eviction filing, to prevent the inclusion of multiple entries for the same eviction action in the same consumer report, or to prevent the inclusion of eviction information that has been sealed or expunged); and whether they conduct timely and reasonable investigations of consumer disputes.

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