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Have a talk with management and ask why they want this information. If you hear, "So we can have it on hand," beware. Federal law (the "Disposal Rule," 69 Fed Reg. 68690) specifically forbids the keeping of sensitive information when it's no longer necessary.
If management persists in asking for the information and you refuse, triggering an eviction, you will have to defend on the grounds that your eviction was punishment for your refusal to comply with an illegal demand.
Although violations of the Disposal Rule carry civil penalties, it's not certain that you can raise them as a defense to an eviction. It's hard to imagine a landlord foolish enough to oust a stable, long-term tenant over information that the landlord really doesn't need. But if you encounter such foolishness, be sure to get some legal help if matters take a turn in this direction.
Janet Portman is an attorney and managing editor at Nolo. She specializes in landlord/tenant law and is co-author of "Every Landlord's Legal Guide" and "Every Tenant's Legal Guide." She can be reached at email@example.com.
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