How Landlords Can Keep Compliant with the New Miya’s Law

Miya Marcano was a 19-year-old student living in the Orlando area with a bright future ahead of her. Sadly, a maintenance worker at her apartment complex entered her apartment one afternoon and committed the unthinkable. Her body was recovered near another apartment complex where the maintenance worker resided.

A law honoring Miya, called Miya’s Law or Senate Bill (SB) 898, went into effect in Florida as of July 1, 2022. The law now requires landlords or licensees to screen their employees who can regularly access residential units. Landlords and licensees of transient and non-transient apartments are now required to have their maintenance and other personnel undergo a criminal background check.

The law also strengthens residential safety measures, such as maintaining a log for each unit’s keys, increasing notification requirements for maintenance and repairs from 12 to 24 hours, and becoming a part of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s annual inspection of apartments.

With these changes, it’s important to ensure you are conducting the proper FCRA-compliant screenings required under the new law. Crossroads Investigations has been screening prospective tenants and employees for over a decade, and our system is fast, reliable, and affordable. Contact us today to see how we can assist with your regular background checks!

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