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how long do you keep past tenant's leases, etc? by Anonymous (PA) on November 6, 2017 @11:24

                              
After a tenant moves out, how long do you keep the past tenant's file which contains their application, credit report, communications, lease and move out letters? Mine are building up and I'd like to get rid of them.
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Re: how long do you keep past tenant's leases, etc? by Anonymous on November 6, 2017 @12:35 [ Reply ]
Most state laws actually require that landlords keep rental applications for all applicants, not just tenants, for 4-7 years. This is encase the landlord needs to be able to have records to protect themselves against any legal proceedings throughout the statute of limitations for their State. Rental applications can also serve as a starting point to defend yourself against discrimination claims and illegal access to credit report inquiries.
Re: how long do you keep past tenant's leases, etc? by Stephen (Washington (WA)) on November 6, 2017 @14:02 [ Reply ]
I have seen NO state requirement for my state setting a time limit for keeping such files. If anyone knows and can cite the RCW for Washington State I would appreciate it.

What I use is: 3 years on denied applicants; 3 years on tenant's file (after they leave); then I save pertinent info on a summary form and hold that for another 4 years.

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