Did you know... February 12, 2018


Seattle’s “Fair Chance Ordinance” goes into effect on February 19, 2018.  This ordinance prohibits Seattle landlords from considering criminal history when screening a prospective tenant.  The only applicants who may be denied rental housing will be those listed on sex-offender registries because of adult convictions, and landlords denying housing to such people will still need to demonstrate a legitimate business reason for doing so.

Civil penalties for violations of this ordinance shall not exceed $11,000 for the first offense, $27,500 for second and $55,000 for the third in a seven-year period.  Tenants will have up to a year to file a complaint.

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