Perhaps I’m missing something but the recent enactment in Windber, PA of a rental registry struck me as odd.

Rental registration ordinances are commonplace throughout the country. For the most part the programs and required information to be submitted is standard.

Rarely if ever do you see the requirement to have the owner/landlord submit the social security number of the tenants. With an increase in data breaches, what value does having this information provide?
Instead of social security numbers request (or require?) the submission of a background check or certification one was completed, typically done by conscientious landlords anyway.

Requiring tenant information is valuable especially when shared we other city departments, however it increases the needed resources to ensure compliance.

Windber adding rental registration laws