Did you know... April 9, 2018


scale of justiceA King County Superior Court judge overturned Seattle’s “First Come, First Served” Ordinance.  The ordinance went into effect last year and required landlords to accept the first applicant who met screening criteria.  The judge ruled that while the goal of the law, preventing discrimination, was laudable, that it was too far reaching and violated landlord’s property rights.  She also found that the rules in the law regarding rental advertising violated property owner’s free speech rights. The city has not yet revealed whether they will appeal the decision.

It has been the policy of Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management to accept the first qualified applicant with four caveats.  If multiple applications are received, we will choose between them based only on the following:

  • Proposed move in date
  • Length of lease requested
  • Amount of rent offered
  • Whether the applicants have pets

We are here to help you and your clients with all aspects of the rental market. Please contact us for further assistance!

Nothing found herein should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a legal opinion or otherwise engage in the practice of law. You should not rely solely on this information. We encourage our clients to work with a lawyer experienced in commercial and/or residential real estate matters as they can be complicated and confusing.