Governor Brown just approved a new law that will keep the records sealed for a longer period than before for tenants who are being evicted. Under the new law, the tenant will need to lose the case (have a judgment entered against him or her) in order for his or her name to appear on the public docket. Therefore, my overall advice to landlords to check http://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org/online-services/verify?f=nsq and do a search of your prospective tenants’ names is even less effective.
To read more about the new law, click here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/09/14/new-law-protects-california-tenants-from-blacklists/
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