My question involves real estate located in the State of: Florida
We know someone currently in this situation. They own a house in a subdivision. The subdivision has a civic association for the subdivision. They rented their house to someone recently. The civic association has demanded they conduct a national criminal history check on the renter prior to renting and then give that report to the civic association. This person did have a credit rating and Florida criminal history check completed prior to renting their house. The civic association has advised them they should have conducted a national criminal history check prior to renting the house. The civic association is threatening to fine them $1,000 for not completing the national criminal history check. I do not know what the civic association would consider a disabling criminal charge or conviction. This raises a host of questions but for a few - What authority would a civic association have to demand a criminal history check for someone renting their house and the house is not owned by the civic association? Who decides what is a disabling charge or conviction? Are there privacy issues here? What rights would the renter have to not allowing the civic association to have a copy of the national criminal history check? What authority does the civic association have to fine the homeowner $1,000 for not conducting a national criminal history check when there is no evidence the renter has any criminal history at all. The renter is a long time local area resident.