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Record No: CB 118340    Version: Council Bill No: CB 118340
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 3/23/2015
Ordinance No: Ord 124738
Title: AN ORDINANCE amending Seattle Municipal Code sections 22.206.160 and 22.214.075 to prohibit evictions of residential tenants from rental housing units if the units are not registered with the Department of Planning and Development as required by SMC 22.214.040.
Sponsors: Sally Clark
Supporting documents: 1. Proposed Amendment Version 2, 2. Central Staff Memo (March 19, 2015), 3. Summary and Fiscal Note v2, 4. Summary and Fiscal Note v1, 5. Signed Ord 124738
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE amending Seattle Municipal Code sections 22.206.160 and 22.214.075 to prohibit evictions of residential tenants from rental housing units if the units are not registered with the Department of Planning and Development as required by SMC 22.214.040.
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WHEREAS, the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) was adopted by the City Council in September 2012 to help ensure that rental housing in Seattle is safe and meets basic housing maintenance requirements; and
WHEREAS, the RRIO requires landlords to register rental housing units in Seattle, from single-family houses to large apartment buildings, beginning in September 2014, and to have their rental properties inspected at least once every ten years; and
WHEREAS, under current City law, owners of housing units generally cannot evict or attempt to evict a tenant, unless the owner can prove in court that just cause exists for such eviction; and
WHEREAS, the Council finds that requiring landlord compliance with the RRIO in order for an owner to evict a tenant as permitted by City law is likely to encourage landlords to comply with the RRIO; NOW, THEREFORE;
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Subsection 22.206.160.C.1 of the Seattle Municipal Code, which section was last amended by Ordinance 123564, is amended as follows:
22.206.160 - Duties of owners
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C. Just Cause Eviction
1. Pursuant to provisions of the state Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18.290), owners may not evict residential tenants without a court order, which can be issued by a court only after the tenant has an opportunity in a show cause hearing to contest the eviction (RCW 59.18.380). ((In addition, owners)) Owners of housing units shall not evict or attempt to evict any tenant, or otherwise terminate or attempt to terminate the tenancy of any tenant unless the owner can prove in co...

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